The Crystal Method
The Social (1100 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, December 18)
If you saw the Smashing Pumpkins comeback shows, you know it's not too early for 90s nostalgia. So you can't fault electro duo Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, aka Crystal Method, for trying to cash in while they can.
Covers For Cans Benefit
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), Friday (December 19)
It's a battle of the benefits. Indie rockers the Easy Targets, Guest Bedroom, Clothes Make the Man and others do Covers For Cans at Sneaky Dee's, while over at the Rivoli, Oh Susanna and Justin Rutledge raise spirits at the Christmas Benefit for the Daily Bread Food Bank. It's a toss-up - drop by both!
Country Christmas Show
Graffiti's (170 Baldwin), Saturday (December 20), 3 pm
Take a break from your last-minute shopping to have a twangin' good time at Graffiti's, where the Rizdales, Ancient Chinese Secret and Tennessee Voodoo Coupe will put you in the yuletide spirit.
Night Marchers, Quest for Fire
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Saturday (December 20)
Former Rocket From The Crypt main man John "Speedo" Reis returns with a blast backed by his Night Marchers crew, who should be at their rockin' best following an explosive opening set by Quest for Fire. See feature, page 58.
Golden Hands Before God
Rancho Relaxo (300 College), Saturday (December 20)
Get ready for a tambourine-shaking good time, brothers and sisters, at this hairy-scary psychedelic freak fest staged by Golden Hands Before God at Rancho Relaxo. Praise the Lord. See feature, page 52.
Gospel Christmas Project
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Monday (December 22)
Those looking for a grand-scale Christmas music experience should check out the Faith Chorale joined by Jackie Richardson, Alana Bridgewater, KellyLee Evans and Chris Lowe at Massey Hall. It should be epic.