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Hamil­ton rock band Of Gen­tle­man and Cow­ards rose out of the McMaster cam­pus in much the same way as the Arkells. The band scored some brief fame with a 2012 ap­pear­ance on “Late Night with David Let­ter­man” and now has a new al­bum, “Modern Juke­box.” Of Gen­tle­men and Cow­ards per­forms Thurs­day, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. at This Ain’t Hol­ly­wood, 345 James St. N., with Brodie Dakin, Will Gille­spie and Ben Somer. $7.


Be­go­nia is the stage name for Win­nipeg-based singer Alexa Dirks. She has a voice as big as Adele and some great songs to boot. Her mu­sic re­calls the great days of soul and R&B. She won a Juno for her work with Chic Gamine and now has a su­perb new record “Lady in Mind.” Be­go­nia per­forms Fri­day, Feb. 10, at Mills Hard­ware, 95 King St. E. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. $15 at the door, $10 ad­vance. With Nabi.


Heat is a five-piece rock out­fit from Mon­treal that has just re­leased a new al­bum on Heavy-Trip Records (the name of the la­bel says it all). They have a hip psy­che­delic garage sound that’ll have you bounc­ing off the walls. Heat per­forms Sun­day, Feb. 12, at The Cas­bah (Queen at King St. W.) with Hamil­ton’s Base­ment Re­volver and Toronto’s Twist. 8 p.m. $10.


Ele­phant Stone is an­other uber-hip band from Mon­treal that com­bines tra­di­tional East In­dian mu­sic with western psych-rock and is fronted by Rishi Dhir (for­merly with the High Di­als). The band has re­cently re­leased its fourth al­bum, “Ship of Fools,” and will per­form Tues­day, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. at The Cas­bah with Wal­rus, White Crow­ley and Dizzy Spells. $10.


Whit­ney Rose can break any cow­boy’s heart, even a few ur­ban ones. She grew up on Prince Ed­ward Is­land but now calls Austin, Texas, home. And Texas is glad she came. They love her retro coun­try sound. You will too when Rose per­forms Wed­nes­day, Feb. 15, at Mills Hard­ware, with Hamil­ton blues­man Al­fie Smith. Show at 9 p.m. $10 in ad­vance or $12 at the door.

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