This week’s must-see Toronto shows

WarPaint Warpaint were one of SXSW's buzziest.


Warpaint were one of SXSW’s buzziest bands, but they spent significantly more time sound-checking than actually performing their brand of minimalist art rock.

Catch their full set (hopefully) at the Danforth Music Hall. The moody tunes on their self-titled second album are more keyboard-heavy than in the past, shaped by ethereal vocals, spare guitar lines and ambient textures.

Get there early, cuz you won’t want to miss L.A.-based Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon, whose jangly dream pop will start things off on a more uplifting sonic note – though her lyrics tend to be dark, dark, dark.

Tuesday (March 25), at the Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), doors 7 pm. $21-$26. TM.

Dream Theater

Massey Hall (178 Victoria), tonight (Thursday, March 20)

Influential progressive metal band.

Bend Sinister, Pick Brothers Band, Goodnight Sunrise

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, March 20)

Progressive power pop/rock.

Death, Arson, Cyclos 76 6 6

Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Friday (March 21)

Brotherly Detroit proto-punk.

The Dirty Nil, Nice Head, Wish

Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (March 21)

Energetic rock and roll.

BA Johnston, Wax Mannequin, Brent Randall & the Randells

The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday (March 21)

Big showmanship, Casio tones and folk.

Foundry Music & Arts Fest

w/ EFDEMIN, Cosmin Trg, Nautiluss, DJ Harvey, Invisible City and others

99 Sudbury, Friday and Saturday (March 21 and 22)

Electronic music fest part two.

The Wooden Sky, Dusted

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (March 22)

Toronto indie folk rock.

The Internet

Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Saturday (March 22)

See preview.

Real Estate, Pure X

Opera House (735 Queen East), Sunday (March 23)

Hazy, mellow indie outta New Jersey.

Childish Gambino

Sound Academy (11 Polson), Monday and Tuesday (March 24 and 25)

See preview.

Andrew W.K.

Hard Luck Bar (772a Dundas West), Tuesday (March 25)

He is a wild party.

The Darcys, Reuben & the Dark, NO

Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (March 25)

Textured post-rock.

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