Fans of the Uma Nota music series know that its annual festival is about more than a single musician or DJ. It's a participatory booty-shaking experience. Still, you'll hear some great music at this year's event. Sound One, Mar Aberto Sound System and Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble take over the Great Hall (1087 Queen West) Saturday (October 20) for a night of world funk. Sunday has a community cultural fair with Jo Lutério, Maria Bonita and a New Tradition at Supermarket (268 Augusta). Later, head to Revival (783 College) for the closing party, with Pedro Luis, Luanda Jones and Maninho Costa.
Saturday and Sunday (October 20-21), various venues and times. Pwyc-$35. umanota.ca.
The Be Good Tanyas, Dan Bern
The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, October 18). Harmonized folk.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Crushed Out
Horseshoe (368 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, October 18). Punk-blues outta New York City.
Public Image Limited
Opera House (735 Queen East), tonight (Thursday, October 18). English post-punk from Johnny Rotten.
Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington), tonight (Thursday, October 18)
X Avant VII: Expanding Circuits
w/ Pursuit Grooves, Shigeto, Contact, Sandro Perri, Jean-François Laporte, John Kameel Farah and others
Music Gallery (197 John) and other venues, tonight (Thursday, October 18) to Sunday (October 21)
Eleni Mandell, Lily Frost
Drake Underground (1150 Queen West), Friday (October 19)
The English Beat, Paul Collins
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Friday (October 19) Good-times old-school ska.
Robert Glasper Experiment
The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Friday (October 19). Hip-hop-influenced jazz piano.
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Saturday (October 20). Chan Marshall goes electronic.
The Mountain Goats, Matthew E White
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), Saturday (October 20). Hyper-literate indie folk act.
The Famines, Cartoons, Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, Cursed Arrows
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (October 20)
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Saturday and Sunday (October 20-21). Heartfelt folk-country hero.
Social Distortion, Lindi Ortega, the Biters
Sound Academy (11 Polson), Saturday (October 20). Long-running Cali punk rock band.
A.C. Newman, Mynabirds
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Sunday (October 21). Uplifting classic pop.
Slim Twig, Sic Alps, US Girls
Double Double Land (209 Augusta), Monday (October 22). Avant-rockabilly record release show.
2:54, Bravestation, Radius & Helena
Horseshoe (368 Queen West), Monday (October 22). Detached alt-rock by UK sisters.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Tuesday (October 23)
Off!, The Spits, Double Negative
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Tuesday (October 23). Riotous Keith Morris-led hardcore punk.
Sony Centre (1 Front East), Tuesday and Wednesday (October 23 and 24). Two nights with new wave legends.