Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, November 13)
Get out your earplugs for this mega-heavy battle of sonic brutality between Japanoise threesome Boris and doomy delinquent duo Orn. Two bands, five people and one helluva cranium-crushing sonic wallop.
Iron and Wine, Blitzen Trapper
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), tonight (Thursday, November 13)
If twang is more your thang, don't miss the return of sensitive strummer Sam Beam, with adventuresome Portland folkies Blitzen Trapper providing the incentive for an entertaining Iron & Wine set.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Opera House (529 Bloor West), Saturday (November 15)
The first annual NuJazz Festival closes with a horn-honking blast from the hip-hop-schooled Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, which arrives from the Windy City to blow the roof off the place. King Sunshine and the Footprints DJ crew help keep bodies moving all night long. See feature, page 33.
Plastic Crimewave Sound with Djin Aquarian
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), Saturday (November 15)
Those looking for a psych fix will find that Plastic Crimewave Sound have a mind-melting trip in store, with Yahowha 13 guitarist Djin Aquarian adding an extra spirit-raising whump. See feature, page 32.
Calexico, Cuff the Duke
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (November 18)
Don't let the Calexico-lite sound of their new Carried To Dust disc keep you from checking out their show at the Phoenix. Their repertoire is deep enough to make for an entertaining evening if they're up for it.