This week’s must-see Toronto shows

ANGEL OLSEN St. Louis-bred singer/songwriter Angel Olsen cut.


ANGEL OLSEN

St. Louis-bred singer/songwriter Angel Olsen cut her teeth singing backup and playing guitar for acts like Bonnie Prince Billy and the Cairo Gang, but her voice proved too strong to remain second fiddle.

After a couple of solo EPs and a 2012 full-length confirmed that she’s got some of the most versatile pipes in indie rock, her second full-length, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, which came out in February, upped the production ante with gritty garage fuzz and moments of psychedelic splendour. She exudes an unmistakable retro nostalgia that imbues her live show, too, if her intimate, charming SXSW gigs were any indication.

Wednesday (May 7) at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), doors 8:30 pm. $13.50. RT, SS, TF.

THE DARCYS

Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas West), Thursday (May 1)

First Thursday with the art rockers.

JERRY LEGER & THE SITUATION, ALANNA GURR, THE PINECONES

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Thursday (May 1)

Rootsy singer/songwriter LP release.

ANGEL HAZE

The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Thursday (May 1)

Introspectively intense rap.

LAPALUX, OBESØN, WOLF SAGA

Tattoo (567 Queen West), Thursday (May 1)

Brainfeeder IDM/hip-hop artist.

CHROMEO, OLIVER

Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Friday (May 2)

See preview, page 40.

M.I.A., ELLIPHANT

Tattoo (567 Queen West), Saturday (May 3)

CMW kickoff party.

SHLOHMO

Opera House (735 Queen East), Saturday (May 3)

See preview, page 44.

BUN B, THUGLI

The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Sunday (May 4)

Southern hip-hopper.

SULTANS OF STRING, ANWAR KHURSHID

Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston), Sunday (May 4)

Instrumental world music.

EMA, DOWNTOWN BOYS

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Tuesday (May 6)

Synth-heavy noise pop.

THE 1975

Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Tuesday (May 6)

Manchester indie rock.

THE LOX (STYLES P, SHEEK LOUCH, JADAKISS), PETER JACKSON & THE NICKS, G5IVE, TRINITY CHRIS

Sound Academy (11 Polson), Tuesday (May 6)

Hip-hop supergroup.

TRAVIS SCOTT, BRANDON CHEV, CAM SMITH

Opera House (735 Queen East), Wednesday (May 7)

See preview, page 40.

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