This week’s must-see Toronto shows

The Knife After a seven-year absence, The.

The Knife

After a seven-year absence, The Knife returned last year with fourth album Shaking The Habitual, remarkable for its length – double CD, triple LP – its focus on feminist and queer theory and its dissonance. It’s arguably also the mysterious synth-pop duo’s most personal.

Musically, the Swedish sibling duo of Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer aimed to escape pop conventions, going instead for deranged vocals, electro-acoustic squall, percussive insanity and techno-leaning sonic excursions.

Apparently the live version is utterly bananas, a kitschy 80s-inspired circus with backup musicians, singers and dancers. It’s taken a while for the show to get to Toronto – don’t miss out.

Friday (April 25) at the Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), doors 7:30 pm. $35. RT, SS, TF.

Boy George

Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Thursday (April 24)

Culture Club singer anew.

Iggy Azalea

Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Friday (April 25)

See preview.

Aretha Franklin

Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe), Friday (April 25)

Powerhouse soul/R&B legend.

Lee Paradise, Lido Pimienta & Mas Aya, Jay HOly, B-17

Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (April 25)

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Surinam, Laura Barrett, HSY and others

Smiling Buddha (961 College), Friday (April 25)

Girls Rock Camp volunteers play campers’ songs.

G27 Chamber Orchestra

Bloor Street United Church (300 Bloor West), Friday (April 25)

Michael Occhipinti, Mozart and more.

Weaves, HSY, Bizzarh, New Fries

Cinecycle (129 Spadina), Saturday (April 26)

Sludge-pop EP release.

Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Fear of Men, Able Body

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (April 26)

See preview.

Pierre Bensusan

St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Church (103 Bellevue), Sunday (April 27)

French-Algerian world-folk guitarist.

Robert Glasper Experiment, Ledisi

Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Monday (April 28)

Jazz/R&B pianist extraordinaire.

James Blunt

Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Tuesday and Wednesday (April 28 and 29)

Soft-pop balladeer.

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