Stars have never been known as the most fashionable indie rock band in the country, but that's not looking like much of a handicap 13 years and seven albums into their successful career. Listening to 2012's The North, you can easily see how Stars have sustained themselves and grown while many of their contemporaries burned out and faded away: turns out that strong hooks and musicianship still mean more than blog buzz after all.
Wednesday and Thursday (March 20 and 21), 7 pm, Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth). $29.50 for one night, $50 two-day ticket, limited CMF wristbands accepted. LN, cmw.net.
Jessica Stuart Few, Bull Kelp, the Donefors
Cameron House Back Room (408 Queen West), Friday (March 15)
Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Friday (March 15)
UK/Berlin electronic producer.
Low, Autumn Owls
The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Saturday (March 16)
Moody minimalist folk-rock.
Foundry: Box Of Kittens
w/ Andy Stott, Box of Kittens DJs
Blk Box Theatre (1087 Queen West), Saturday (March 16)
Futuristic experimental dub techno.
Adam Beyer, Nathan Barato, Greg Gow
Footwork (425 Adelaide West), Saturday (March 16)
Swedish techno icon.
Rihanna, A$AP Rocky
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Monday and Tuesday (March 18 and 19)
R&B ice princess.
w/ Spectre, Brews Willis, Brave Little Toaster, the Rathburns, Wilmott Redd.
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Tuesday (March 19)
Garage rock, surf and punk.
CMF: Jazz FM91, Winter Jazz Series
w/ Jessica Stuart Few, After Four, the Thing Is, Melissa Lauren, Suzana D'Amour, Renee Yoxon.
Courthouse (57 Adelaide East), Tuesday (March 19)
CMF: Crunchy Frog Showcase
w/ Rococode, Apparat Organ Quartet, Shiny Darkly, Thee Attacks, Foam Lake.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Wednesday (March 20)
Danish record label showcase.
CMF: Outlaws & Gunslingers
w/ Belle Star, Justin Rutledge, Jim Cuddy, Danny Michel, Daniel Romano and many more.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West),
Wednesday (March 20)
Roots rock and alt-country jamboree.
Sound Academy (11 Polson), Wednesday (March 20)
w/ Chvrches, Diana
Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College),
Wednesday (March 20)