This week’s must-see Toronto shows

The Underachievers During an interview right before last.


The Underachievers

During an interview right before last year’s NXNE, the Underachievers’ Issa Dash told us there are two keys to musical success: “Have wow-factor visuals, and make good music that targets a specific demographic.” The latter’s been taken care of. Signed to Flying Lotus-helmed label Brainfeeder, Dash and his partner, AK, make the kind of thoughtful, electro-speckled, psychedelic hip-hop that fits beautifully on the existing roster.

And the Flatbush, New York, duo (part of the Beast Coast movement that includes the Pro Era crew and Flatbush Zombies) are about to drop their next album, The Cellar Door, on May 13. Get a sneak preview Sunday at Tattoo, where, hopefully, they’ll show off those “wow-factor” viz as well.

Sunday (April 6), at Tattoo (567 Queen West), doors 8 pm. $18. INK, PDR, SS, TM.

Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang

Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Friday (April 4)

Influential Chicago blues musician.

Ketamines, Babysitter, Gay, Omhouse

Jam Factory Co (2 Matilda), Saturday (April 5)

Punk rock at Feast In The East.

The Julie Ruin, Screaming Females

Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College), Saturday (April 5)

See preview.

Lee Burridge, Nitin, Rafwat & Chorniy

CODA (794 Bathurst), Saturday (April 5)

EDM innovator and promoter.

Carl Craig, Hali, Jamie Kidd, Mike Gibbs, Fabio Palermo

99 Sudbury, Saturday (April 5)

Foundry Festival continues.

Neil Finn, Midlake

Queen Elizabeth Theatre (190 Princes’), Saturday (April 5)

Crowded House art rocker.

Beliefs, Patti Cake, Ice Cream, Planet Creature, Twist

The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Sunday (April 6)

Girls Rock Camp funder & clothing swap.

Cloud Nothings, Pleasure Leftists, Greys

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Sunday (April 6)

See preview.

London Grammar

Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Monday (April 7)

British trip-hop trio.

Venue changed: Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem

Opera House (735 Queen E), Tuesday (April 8)

Grindcore legends plus more.

Peter Elkas, Frame Us

Dakota (249 Ossington), Tuesday (April 8)

Tenth anniversary of Party Of One.

Picastro, Paul Schedlich, Magali Meagher

Cinecycle (129 Spadina), Wednesday (April 9), 7:30 & 10:30 pm

See preview.

The National, Daughter

Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Wednesday to Friday (April 9-11)

Brooding indie rock.

The Hold Steady, Cheap Girls

Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Wednesday (April 9)

Lyrics-focused classic-rock-tinged indie.

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