Soundgarden Looks like the grunge veterans enjoyed their fall club tour so much that they decided to play two Sound Academy shows rather than one gig at a much larger venue. This is good news for fans who'd rather not be told by security to stay in their assigned seating (i.e., pretty much everyone). While we don't want to encourage the seemingly never-ending flood of 90s reunions, Soundgarden's psych metal has aged better than most of their contemporaries', and their live shows have been great. Friday and Saturday (January 25 and 26), 7 pm, at Sound Academy (11 Polson). $68. LN.
Palma Violets, Decades, Always Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, January 24)
Lindi Ortega, Dustin Bentall & the Smokes Back-to-basics country crooning. Rivoli (332 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, January 24)
Bob Wiseman, Maylee Todd, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Aidan Closs, Ronley Teper, Mamabolo and more Local cult-hero songwriter CD release. Tranzac (292 Brunswick), tonight (Thursday, January 24)
WA Magazine Launch After-Party w/ Ryan Hemsworth, ItsMattLangille, Adam Jackson Underground dance and hip-hop. Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, January 24)
Robert Gordon, Chris Spedding Classic rockabilly icons. El Mocambo (464 Spadina), Friday (January 25)
Julie Doiron, Jordan Klassen, Construction of destruction Acadian indie rock hero. Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (January 25)
Tom Odell, Jane's Party Much-hyped UK piano pop singer. Rivoli (332 Queen West), Saturday (January 26)
Brennan Green, Members Only, Natural Animal Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Saturday (January 26) Left-field house and weirdo disco.
Big Freedia Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (January 29) New Orleans bounce.
Elliott Brood Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington), Wednesday ( January 30)
Crazy Strings Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Wednesday (January 30)