M83, School of Seven Bells
Opera House (735 Queen East), tonight (Thursday, November 20)
Calling all shoegaze fanatics: M83 bring back the reverb-heavy dreamscapes of My Bloody Valentine, with a touch of Sigur Rós thrown in for good measure. Be sure to arrive in time to catch the synth-happy School of Seven Bells, led by Ben Curtis, formerly of Secret Machines. See feature, page 44.
Chris Cornell, Mobile
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Friday (November 21)
Here's your chance to experience Chris Cornell's unlikely Timbaland collabo, Scream, as it was intended to be heard - one epic piece of continuous moody music. Will he manage to keep his shirt on throughout? See feature, page 38.
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (November 21)
It's not often that you get to see blues rocker Guitar Shorty up close and personal here in Toronto, so don't miss this show at the Dollar - it should be a cooker.
Gregory Isaacs, Marcia Griffiths, Barrington Levy
Sound Academy (11 Polson), Saturday (November 22)
This roots reggae show at Sound Academy couldn't be sweeter. The Cool Ruler himself, Gregory Isaacs, shares the bill with the always soulful Marcia Griffiths and Barrington Levy for a night of smooth grooving. Nice.
Premiata Forneria Marconi
Music Hall (147 Danforth), Tuesday (November 25)
Surprising but true, legendary Italian prog rock crew PFM, Milan's answer to King Crimson, present a sampling of their complex constructions in the relatively intimate setting of the Music Hall.