This week’s must-see Toronto shows

Don't be deceived by the superficial changes going on with the Pack A.D. Sure, they signed to glossy Nettwerk for.

Don’t be deceived by the superficial changes going on with the Pack A.D. Sure, they signed to glossy Nettwerk for the release of their newest album, Do Not Engage, recorded by Jim Diamond in Detroit Rock City. Sure, it’s a little less lo-fi and more radio-friendly than the garage blues of their previous four.

But drummer Maya Miller and guitarist/singer Becky Black will have you know that they’d finished the record prior to leaving Mint for Nettwerk. And only some of the album, which was inspired in part by dystopian novels, was done in Detroit and the rest in their hometown of Vancouver, like always. And it has plenty of newfound psychedelic edges, too.

And they’re still some of the country’s toughest workhorse musicians, with a show that hasn’t lost any of the unbridled energy for which the women are known. See for yourself when they play the Horseshoe with Pkew Pkew Pkew and Mad Ones.

Saturday (March 8), at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West), doors 9 pm. $15. HS, RT, SS, TF.

Art Gallery of Ontario, (317 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, March 6)

Proto-house dubstep in Walker Court.

Drake Underground (1150 Queen West), Friday (March 7)

See preview.

The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday (March 7)

Funk, soul, Afrobeat, jazz fusion.

w/ Cancer Bats, JFM, Fiver, Greys, Ravi Naimpally, Grounders and others

The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Friday (March 7)

Final art-music blowout of the season.

The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Friday (March 7)

Hip-hop, electronic, dubstep & chanting.

Sound Academy (11 Polson), Friday (March 7)

J-pop superstar.

Tattoo (567 Queen West), Friday (March 7)

A Tribe Called Quest turntablist.

Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), Friday (March 7)

Eighties-inspired power metal.

Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide West), Saturday (March 8)

See preview.

Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina), Saturday (March 8)

Art rock LP release and pool party.

CODA (794 Bathurst), Saturday (March 8)

See preview.

Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (March 8)

Surf-pop extravaganza.

Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Sunday (March 9)

The piano man cometh.

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