Ra Ra Riot
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, September 4)
All geared up from hanging out with Conan O'Brien, well-strung Syracuse indie rockers Ra Ra Riot show why they're more likely to be the next Tokyo Police Club than another Rachels with a lively set at the 'Shoe.
Mod Club (722 College), Friday (September 5)
Considering that aptly named Chicago post-rock stars Tortoise make it to Toronto about as often as they release albums, it may be a good idea to catch them getting down and dubby at the Mod Club. It could be years before they return. See feature.
Beats In Space w/ Tim Sweeney
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Friday (September 5)
DFA dude Tim Sweeney brings the stratospherically trippy mix concept from his popular weekly WNYU-FM radio show Beats In Space to the Wrongbar, with Seventh Heaven's Jaime Sin and Nasty Nav on hand for sonic support.
Youssou Ndour & Le Super Etoile
Yonge-Dundas Square, Saturday (September 6), 8:30 pm
In town for the TIFF world premiere of the documentary I Bring What I Love, soulful Senegalese star Youssou Ndour is joined by his amazing band Le Super Etoile from Dakar for a massive free celebration at Yonge-Dundas Square. Don't miss it. See feature.
Toronto Island Park, Saturday and Sunday (September 6 and 7)
It ain't cheap, but where else are you able to see Bloc Party, Against Me! and MGMT splitting a bill with the Foo Fighters (Saturday) or the Weakerthans, Stereophonics, Silversun Pickups and Paul Weller all warming up for Oasis (Sunday) with a DJ set from Moby? See MGMT feature.
Patsy Cline Birthday Bash
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), Wednesday (September 10)
What better way to celebrate what would've been the 76th birthday of the country music queen than this all-star tribute featuring Russell deCarle, Lori Yates, Alex Pangman, Col. Tom Parker, Megan Hamilton, Rae Billing, Paul Reddick and many others. Sure to be a roof-raising hoot.