Marnie Stern struggled through her last Toronto show in 2011 after her drummer got held back at the border. She's since got a new one, Kid Millions, who, besides hopefully having no criminal record, adds a newfound groove to her jerky, busy experimental rock. On spirited fourth album The Chronicles Of Marnia, the fret-tapping New Yorker's songs are less noisy and dense. Guitar dazzle takes a back seat to vigorous songwriting, while Stern's high, yearning vocals convey anxious messages of hope.
Tuesday (April 16), 9 pm, Parts & Labour (1566 Queen West). $12. RT, SS, TW.
Tim Hecker, SlowPitch
Images Festival opening night gala: film screening and concert
St. Anne's Church (270 Gladstone), tonight (Thursday, April 11)
Disclosure, Kilo Kish
The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), tonight (Thursday, April 11)
Brotherly British electronic duo.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, April 11)
Boyz II Men
Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (10268 Yonge), tonight (Thursday, April 11)
Nineties R&B balladeers.
The Joy Formidable, Team Spirit & Ribs
Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Friday (April 12)
Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe), Friday (April 12)
Queen of Soul plays a makeup show.
Les Sans Culottes, the Sphinxs, Patti Cake, the 8 1/2s
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (April 12)
French-language rock outta Brooklyn.
The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Saturday (April 13)
Downtempo electronic R&B.
The Black Angels, All ah-Las, Elephant Stone
Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Saturday (April 13)
Texas psych rock.
Shuggie Otis, Ben Stevenson
Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Sunday (April 14)
Veteran blues singer/songwriter.
The Garrison (1197 Queen West), Monday (April 15)
Brooklyn rock 'n' roll two-piece.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (April 16)
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Tuesday (April 16)
Beloved soft rock hit-makers.