ROCKY’S BEST BETS

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LEEROY STAGGER

Vic­to­ria-na­tive Leeroy Stagger spins an ap­peal­ing blend of roots-rock and in­die-pop that is start­ing to pay off. His new al­bum “Love Ver­sus” (on Wa­ter­down’s True North la­bel) hit­ting the Spo­tify Vi­ral Top 50 in Canada this month. It’s Stagger’s best al­bum to date and his “I Want It All” video has gar­nered more than 140,000 views. Stagger per­forms Thurs­day, June 1, at Mills Hard­ware with lo­cal blues duo Frankie and Jimmy. Show starts at 9 p.m. $10 in ad­vance, $12 at the door.

TINY BILL CODY

Tiny Bill Cody is a big guy with an even big­ger voice. A sto­ry­telling mu­si­cal trou­ba­dour quite un­like any other in Hamil­ton, Tiny Bill (Tor Lukasik-Foss) is ready to re­count his in­cred­i­ble “true story” of see­ing the devil and then writ­ing lots of songs about it. A mod­ern-day Robert John­son, per­haps? He per­forms his solo show “Tiny Bill Cody Sees the Devil” Fri­day, June 2, 9 p.m., at the Art­word Art­bar, 15 Col­bourne St. at James North. $10 at the door.

MINOTAURS

The Minotaurs are an eight-piece col­lec­tive from Guelph that spe­cial­izes in psy­che­delic-tinged folk rock. Led by ex-Royal City mem­ber Nathan Lawr, the Minotaurs have a new al­bum called “Aum” that fea­tures Sarah Harmer on back­ing vo­cals. “Aum” is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Stu­art Bo­gie of the Brook­lyn-based Afrobeat en­sem­ble An­tibalas. The Minotaurs per­form Fri­day, June 2, at The Cas­bah (Queen at King West). With The Astromen and Milkrun. 9 p.m. $10.

SGT. PEP­PER AT 50

“It Was 50 Years Ago To­day” is the name of the one-man show per­formed by lo­cal Bea­tles’ fan Christo­pher Clause to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of one of the most im­por­tant pop al­bums of all time, “Sgt. Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” With the help of a cou­ple of loop­ing ped­als, Clause plans to recre­ate the en­tire al­bum on stage at the Zoetic The­atre, 526 Con­ces­sion St. at Went­worth, on Fri­day June 2 at 8 p.m. Au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion will be en­cour­aged. $20 or $18 for se­niors and chil­dren un­der 12.

BLUES WITH A FEEL­ING

The 15th an­nual Blues With A Feel­ing tribute to King Bis­cuit Boy fea­tures a rare re­union of iconic Cana­dian band Crow­bar Satur­day, June 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Bay City Mu­sic Hall, 50 Le­an­der Dr., on Hamil­ton’s wa­ter­front. Also on the bill are Josh Miller and the Kent Hart­ley Play­boys. Tick­ets are $25, avail­able now at Dr. Disc, Che­doke Flow­ers, Picks and Sticks, Looney Tunes (Burling­ton) and Star­dust Records. Pro­ceeds go to the Richard Newell schol­ar­ship fund at Mo­hawk Col­lege.

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