Love Is All, Crystal Stilts
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, December 11)
You'll get the happy with the sad when smiley Swedish pop upstarts Love Is All get down with their brooding Brooklyn buds, Crystal Stilts, in the best-balanced bill of the week. See feature, page 56.
Stars and guests
Queen Elizabeth Theatre (CNE Grounds), Thursday to Saturday (December 11-13)
Just one show by the amazing Stars seems special enough, but this three-nighter with support from the Russian Futurists (Thursday), Gentlemen Reg (Friday) and the Done Me Wrongs (Saturday) might make you change your plans for the whole weekend.
Jingle Bell Rock benefit
Sound Academy (11 Polson), Friday and Saturday (December 12 and 13)
The event name might sound sappy, but this all-ages fundraiser for Covenant House has a surprisingly solid lineup featuring the Dears, Sebastien Grainger, Tokyo Police Club and Metric!
Mr. Something Something
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (December 13)
Need to funkify your life with a little bit of jazzy Afrobeat? Why not head over to the Silver Dollar and check out the grooves Mr. Something Something are putting down?
Flower Travellin' Band, Action Mob, Leh-Lo
Revival (783 College), Monday (December 15)
Yes, believe it or not, Akira "Joe" Yamanaka and his crazy Japanese psych crew Flower Travellin' Band are coming to Revival to celebrate 40 years of melting minds. Wow!
Matisyahu, K'naan, Trevor Hall
Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday (December 16)
Who cares if your Jim Guthrie-obsessed friends are going to see Human Highway at the Tranzac when you can take your hands out of your pockets and get down irie-rock-style with Matisyahu at the Phoenix. One love.