This week’s must-see Toronto shows

FLATBUSH ZOMBIES The last time these guys were.


FLATBUSH ZOMBIES

The last time these guys were in town – back in October at Wrongbar – they admitted they were tripping on acid.

It sort of gives you an idea what Flatbush Zombies are about: the Brooklyn trio of emcees – Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick “Arc” Elliott – are part of a new wave of psychedelic-drug-positive musicians (with their Beast Coast associates the Underachievers and Chicago’s Chance the Rapper, among others) making and performing music with a new box of creative, er, tools.

After collaborating with A$AP Mob on the song Bath Salt in 2012, they released their own tune Face-Off, which pairs characteristically sexually graphic lyrics with snippets of news broadcasts about the infamous “bath salts” face-eater.

Their new It’s All A Matter Of Perspective EP drops later this year, and its first single, LiT, is a smooth slice of golden-era hip-hop production.

One thing’s for sure with this group: there’s never a dull moment.

Friday (May 9) at the Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), 11 pm. $26 or festival wristband.

ASTRAL SWANS

Cameron House Back Room (408 Queen West), Thursday (May 8)

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KING KHAN & THE BBQ SHOW

The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Thursday (May 8)

Punk-rocking, doo-wop collaborators.

OPERATORS

The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Thursday (May 8)

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TASHA THE AMAZON

Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Thursday (May 8)

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NO AGE

Hard Luck Bar (772a Dundas West), Friday (May 9)

Experimental punk from Cali.

NEKO CASE

Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Friday (May 9)

Beloved alt-country singer/songwriter.

BIBLICAL

Mod Club (722 College), Saturday (May 10)

Local pysch-influenced hard rockers .

OWEN PALLETT

Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), Saturday (May 10)

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THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT

Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Saturday (May 10)

Cross-cultural world music fusionist.

DJ UPROOT ANDY

Mojo Lounge (1305 Dundas West), Saturday (May 10)

Global bass producer.

WYE OAK

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Sunday (May 11)

Baltimore girl-guy indie-folk duo.

FOALS

Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Tuesday (May 13)

Oxford indie-rock quintet.

LANA DEL REY

Sony Centre (1 Front East), Tuesday (May 13)

Sultry chamber pop superstar.

CROSSS

Smiling Buddha (961 College), Wednesday (May 14)

Doom-ish grunge metal.

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