The Dears, Shawn Hewitt
Music Gallery (197 John), tonight (Thursday, October 9)
Be the first person on your block to hear the songs from the Dears' forthcoming Missiles album legally when the slimmed-down Montrealers play the first show of an intimate two-night stand at the Music Gallery. Should be charming.
The Artists' Other Gala
Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick), Friday (October 10)
If you think there's something wrong with cutting arts funding, why not join Andrew Cash, Justin Rutledge, Andy Maize, Bill Priddle and their like-minded pals in a musical celebration of what arts funding has done for independent Canuck musicians. Proceeds go to Sketch: Toronto Art Studio for Street Youth.
Digable Planets, Abdominal
Mod Club (722 College), Saturday and Sunday (October 11 and 12)
It's the re-Rebirth Of Slick when 90s jazz-hop threats Digable Planets reunite and turn back the clock 15 years to get cool like dat. If you see Doodlebug sipping a latte at a College café, remember he goes by Cee Knowledge now.
Okkervil River, Crooked Fingers
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Sunday (October 12), 6:30 pm
Here's a strong candidate for double bill of the week. Austin roots rockers Okkervil River throw down with indie faves Crooked Fingers at the Phoenix. See feature.
Howlin Rain, Quest for Fire
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Monday (October 13)
If you loved Comets on Fire but could do without the excessively loud and drony guitar wank, you really should consider checking out the enjoyably soulful stuff Ethan Miller is doing with his buds in Howlin Rain. And be sure to get there early enough to catch those Quest for Fire knuckleheads. See feature.