Matthew Barber, Bob Wiseman
Theatre Centre (1087 Queen West), Friday (August 8)
The SummerWorks festival expands its mandate beyond theatre to showcase a strong collection of local indie talent. Kicking off eight days of concerts are forward-thinking roots rocker Matthew Barber and critically acclaimed eccentric singer/songwriter Bob Wiseman.
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Saturday (August 9)
The Montreal indie rock superstars take a break from their many side projects and offshoots to showcase the newfound sense of subtlety and texture from their excellent new disc, At Mount Zoomer. Don't worry, though, they'll still be trotting out the anthems as well. See feature, page 42.
Sunnyside Pavilion (100 Lake Shore West), Sunday (August 10)
It's nu-rave vs. old rave at this all-day festival, and some of the biggest names from the hipster nu-school are on board. Notables include producer du jour Erol Alkan, techno pin-up boy Matthew Dear, Fool's Gold Records head honcho A-Trak and mashup pioneers Soulwax. Make sure you get there early so you don't miss any of the action - many of our local up-and-comers will be playing alongside the big names. See feature, page 58.
People Under the Stairs
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), Wednesday (August 13)
If the title of their upcoming album, Fun DMC, is any indication, it looks like Los Angeles underground hip-hop duo People Under the Stairs are set on injecting some much-needed levity into the dour world of backpacker rap. See feature, page 45.