Intensity is Savages' stock in trade. Theatrical and gothy, the London, England, post-punk band's singer, Parisian Jehnny Beth, has a penetrating glare and an unholy wail that punctuate the squalling guitars and aggressively danceable rhythms. The four-piece's new album, Silence Yourself (Matador), is earning well-deserved praise, and their shows are not to be missed. As they told NOW in March during CMW, they put a lot of time and care into their performances, so expect awesomeness from their Mod Club gig, their first Toronto show unattached to a hectic festival schedule.
Tuesday (July 16), Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), doors 8 pm. $17.50. RT, SS, TF.
Run the Jewels, Despot, Kool A.D.
The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), tonight (Thursday, July 11)
Henri Faberge Ensemble
Videofag (187 Augusta), tonight (Thursday, July 11) to Sunday (July 14)
Weezer, Passion Pit, METZ
Downsview Park Meadow (35 Carl Hall), Friday (July 12)
The Blue Album front to back.
Harbourfront WestJet Stage (235 Queens Quay West), Friday (July 12)
Driving NYC electro-pop.
Big Ticket First Anniversary
w/ Rich Kidd, Rochester, Promise, Spesh K, Dusty Wallace and others
Velvet Underground (510 Queen West), Friday (July 12)
Biweekly hip-hop night turns one.
SoundClash Music Award Nominee Showcase
w/ KASHKA, Program, Brendan Philip, Jessica Stuart Few, Grounders, the Thing Is
Harbourfront Redpath Sugar Stage (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday (July 13)
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Saturday (July 13)
Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My MOrning Jacket, Richard Thompson Electric Trio
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), Monday (July 15)
Mind-blowing folk-rock bill.
Guns N' Roses
Sound Academy (11 Polson), Monday (July 15)
Axl Rose returns.
Adelaide Music Hall (250 Adelaide West), Monday (July 15)
Anxious, beautiful indie rock.
Bjork, Death Grips, Mykki Blanco
Echo Beach at Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), Tuesday (July 16)
Exuberant experimental pop.
Woods, Parquet Courts
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Wednesday (July 17)
Lo-fi Brooklyn indie rock.
Julia Holter, Jessica Pratt
Drake Underground (1150 Queen West), Wednesday (July 17)
Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake
Rogers Centre (1 Blue Jays Way), Wednesday (July 17)
Hip-hop and pop heavyweights.