Hey there, Grammy viewer! Did you tune in last Sunday in hopes that the "biggest night in music" would help you discover new and exciting artists, only to see the stage hogged by old-timers like Chicago and advertising entities like human pop-up ad Bruno Mars? Have no fear. This Grammy-inspired guide to the week's shows might tickle your fancy.
DID YOU ENJOY: Paul and Ringo reminding the world that everyone's two favourite Beatles are dead? Then check out Hamilton's Harlan Pepper, whose name invokes a time when the Fab Four were bigger than Jesus, even if their energetic banjo rock does not. Tonight (Thursday, January 30) at the Cameron House (408 Queen West), 10 pm. thecameron.com.
DID YOU ENJOY: Daft Punk but thought their set (and outfits) was just a little too shiny and clean? Prefuse 73 will bring some electronic abrasion and grime back into your ear. Bonus: no crazy hats. (With Nosaj Thing and Falty DL.) Friday (January 31) at the Hoxton (69 Bathurst), 10 pm. $16.50. TW.
DID YOU ENJOY: Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons crashing their songs together without rhyme or reason? Catch Brazilian Girls, who have been successfully mixing styles like electronic and tango on-and-off-again since 2003. Sunday (February 2) at the Hoxton (69 Bathurst), doors 8 pm. $20. TW.
DID YOU ENJOY: Macklemore cleaning up the rap awards, since what you felt the genre needed was a song about cheap coats and second-hand shirts? Then you probably actually WON'T like Pusha T. He buys his shirts new and pays good money for his outerwear. Pusha T will scare the shit out of you. Sunday (February 2), at the Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), 8 pm, all ages. $29.50-$38.50. TM.
DID YOU ENJOY: Taylor Swift thrashing around like the girl in Jaws while pantomiming playing a piano? Go see hometown folk heroes the Strumbellas, who come with a 100 per cent guarantee to actually be playing their instruments while thrashing about the stage. Wednesdays in February (5, 12, 19 and 26) at the Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington), 8pm. $12-$15. TF.