My Bloody Valentine, Flowers of Hell
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), tonight (Thursday, September 25)
Moving the My Bloody Valentine show from the cavernous Ricoh Coliseum to the Kool Haus will give you a better chance to get up close and personal with Kevin Shields, but get there early enough to catch the entrancing Flowers of Hell. See Perlich's Picks, page 70.
Trane Studio (964 Bathurst), Friday and Saturday (September 26 and 27)
Celebrate five years of adventurous and soulful music at the Trane Studio, where dazzling avant violinist Billy Bang joins Waleed "Kush" Abdulhamid on Friday and returns Saturday to throw down with Trouble, featuring Robi Botos on keyboards.
Opera House (735 Queen East), Saturday (September 27)
This Vancouver psych crew has as good a shot as anyone else on the Polaris short list to take the cash prize, so catch them at the Opera House while you still can. See Polaris feature, page 51.
Revival (783 College), Sunday (September 28)
Being from North Carolina hasn't kept Toubab Krewe from getting their Manding groove on, as you'll discover when they rock the Revival Sunday as part of the excellent Small World Festival. See feature, page 64.
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Monday (September 29)
Well, it's officially fall now, and there's still no sign of Common's long-delayed Invisible Summer disc, which the Chi-town MC will hopefully preview at the Kool Haus, with his pal Pharrell Williams on hand to crank up the energy level. See feature, page 66.
Vieux Farka Touré
Mod Club (722 College), Tuesday (September 30)
Musical talent isn't always hereditary, but Vieux Farka Touré has fortuitously been blessed with his celebrated father's magical guitar-ripping gifts. Should be a thriller.