ROCKY’S BEST BETS

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BURN THE LOUVRE

Burn the Louvre is a young new band from Hamil­ton fronted by Jor­dan Speare (above) with a nerdy punk spirit and a yen for sim­pler times be­fore they had to go out and find jobs. Check out the new sin­gle “Sim­pler Places.” The band is re­leas­ing its sec­ond EP “We’ll Be Just Fine” Fri­day, July 28, at Club Ab­sinthe, 38 King Wil­liam, with Sil­ver­tone Hills, and Parts and Ser­vice. Doors open at 9 p.m. $10 or $15 in­clud­ing EP.

BAD REED

Bad Reed is a Paris, Ont.,-based rock four­some fronted by a singer named Syd­ney Sol­lazzo (above) who packs a se­ri­ous punch. Dark in scope and loud in tex­ture. Bad Reed per­forms Fri­day, July 28, at This Ain’t Hol­ly­wood, 345 James St. N., with The DoneFors and The Full Pamela. $10 ad­mis­sion. Doors open at 9 p.m.

SHANIKA MARIA

Shanika Maria’s rich and soul­ful voice adds power to the well-crafted songs on her new EP “Child­ish Games,” à la Tracy Chap­man or Cold Specks. The tal­ented Hamil­ton singer-song­writer de­buts the new EP and a new “Child­ish Games” video Satur­day, July 29, at HAVN, 26 Bar­ton St. E., 7 to 10 p.m. with Toronto’s Jor­dan Alexan­der open­ing. $10 ad­mis­sion.

ALEX PANGMAN

Juno-nom­i­nated singer Alex Pangman is billed as “Canada’s Sweet­heart of Swing,” breath­ing new life into clas­sic jazz stan­dards. Her Al­ley Cats band in­cludes John MacMurchy on tenor sax and clar­inet, Brigham Phillips on trum­pet and flugel­horn, Peter Hill on pi­ano, Glenn An­der­son on drums, and Christo­pher banks on bass. They per­form July 30, 7 p.m., at the band­shell be­hind An­caster’s Field­cote Mu­seum, 64 Sul­phur Springs Rd. Ad­mis­sion is free (do­na­tions en­cour­aged).

GENEVIEVE MARENTETTE

Genevieve Marentette has lived in Hong Kong and Europe, but has re­turned to her home­town of Toronto where she has be­come an in-de­mand jazz singer, work­ing duets with David Clay­ton-Thomas and re­leas­ing her own record “Gigi.” Marentette per­forms Wed­nes­day, Aug. 2, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Hen­drie Park in the Royal Botan­i­cal Gar­dens. Ad­mis­sion is free to RBG mem­bers. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 905-527-1158.

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