Go! Team comes to Lee’s; Sleater-Kin­ney hit the Phoenix


NXNE blitz The hands-down win­ner of sum­mer’s big­gest-bang-for-your-buck prize is the 11th an­nual North By North­east ex­trav­a­ganza, fea­tur­ing 400-plus artists at 30 dif­fer­ent venues in the down­town core. NOW’s show­case (June 9 at the Re­verb), which fea­tures arty punk spit­fires Sylvie (formed in the ashes of rad Regina crew De­spis­tado), BC hiphop threat Josh Martinez, who just inked a deal with V2 Records, de­light­ful Arts & Crafts new­bies the

Most Serene Repub­lic, the loopy live elec­tron­ics of Brian Borcherdt’s manic

Holy Fuck and killer orch-rock hooli­gans the Old Soul. The fest kicks off June 9 and runs through June 11. Wrist­bands are a mere $24 and give you ac­cess to all fes­ti­val show­cases, or you can try your luck and pay at the door of in­di­vid­ual venues.

Go Team! com­ing One of the hottest tick­ets at this year’s South By South­west fest in Austin was Brighton’s bril­liant Go! Team, whose buzzed-about mid­night show­case was packed two full hours be­fore the band hit the stage. The hype was well de­served. The UK six-piece are a high­en­ergy, tech­ni­colour dream, boasting two chick drum­mers, a hand­ful of goofy, gan­gly gui­tar slingers and pow­er­house front­woman Ninja, who’s a cross be­tween a soul-singing Lil’Kim and the leader of a cheer­lead­ing squad. Their hugely an­tic­i­pated Toronto de­but hap­pens July 13 at Lee’s

Palace. Don’t miss it. 529 Bloor West. 416-532-1598, 416-870-8000.

Killer Sleater-Kin­ney By the time 2002’s One Beat came out, it was clear that fab femme bash­ers

Sleater-Kin­ney had got­ten their three­p­ronged gr­rrl rock as­sault down to a science, and their live shows were sim­i­larly al­most too pol­ished. So it’s shock­ing to hear them tear into sludgy psych rock with such gusto on al­bum num­ber seven, The Woods, which stands out as a ca­reer best. Even bet­ter, S-K’ve jacked them­selves up live, and if the jaw-drop­ping ap­pear­ance we caught last March in Austin is any in­di­ca­tion, the ladies’June 18 show at the Phoenix with Dead Meadow will be elec­tri­fy­ing. 410 Sher­bourne. $20. 416-870-8000.

Lovely Loretta Thanks to a help­ing hand from un­likely fan Jack White, Loretta Lynn – play­ing

Massey Hall July 22– is cur­rently en­joy­ing a ca­reer re­vival. Her fab­u­lous Whitepro­duced Van Lear Rose al­bum not only shows that coun­try mu­sic’s cel­e­brated coal miner’s daugh­ter still has her pipes, but also serves as a re­minder that Lynn is one of the finest sto­ry­telling song­writ­ers ever to hit Mu­sic City. 178 Vic­to­ria. $32.50-$59.50. 416-872-4255.

Prism riot If you like your four-day par­ties with a lit­tle less fun fur and a lit­tle more gay beef­cake, Prism Toronto should sat­isfy your cir­cuit party hunger. The main event Sun­day fea­tures Peter Rauhofer at the Gu­vern­ment, Boy Ge­orge plays Satur­day at the Kool Haus, and there’s tons more. June 23 to 26 at var­i­ous venues. www.prism­

Sonny day ahead Even if you own ev­ery last stu­dio record­ing Sonny Rollins ever made, you’d still be miss­ing a huge piece of what makes the sax­o­phone colos­sus so bril­liant if you haven’t seen him per­form. Lis­ten as one of jazz mu­sic’s all-time great im­pro­vis­ers – ap­pear­ing as part of the Down­town Jazz Fes­ti­val at Massey

Hall June 24 – turn’s stan­dards in­side out right be­fore your eyes. 178 Vic­to­ria. $49.50-$89.50. 416-872-4255.

Un­der­ground ex­plo­sion

What, you have no bot­tle rock­ets or cherry bombs for Amer­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions? Just head over to Ar­row Hall on the morn­ing of July 4 for the Sounds Of The Un­der

ground all-ages show, where the ex­plo­sive attack of Clutch, Lamb of God, From Au­tumn to Ashes, Poi­son the Well, Opeth, Norma Jean and other over-amped blasters will pro­vide all the dev­as­tat­ing deci­bels your lit­tle ears can stand. You’ve been warned. 6900 Air­port Road. $35. 416-870-8000,

Awe­some Omara Ha­vana-based con­sor­tium of old­school mu­si­cians Buena Vista So­cial Club is es­sen­tially a boys’club, with one no­table ex­cep­tion: siz­zling sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian Omara Por­tuondo. Over her 50-year ca­reer as an en­ter­tainer, the smoky-voiced singer has proven her adept­ness at ev­ery­thing from rootsy guarachas to gen­tly swing­ing boleros, but she re­ally ex­cels at slow-burning bal­lads like the mu­si­cal love let­ters on her Flor De Amor disc. She floats into town July 2, play­ing Roy Thom­son Hall. 60 Sim­coe. $39.50-$79.50. 416-872-4255.

Danny boy Un­der­ground NYC dance mu­sic leg­end

Danny Krivit makes a rare Toronto ap­pear­ance June 17 at Roxy Blu (12 Brant). Ex­pect cus­tom re-ed­its of clas­sic an­thems, un­re­leased gems and a his­tory les­son on the roots of club cul­ture. www.rox­y­

Hel­luva Hul­la­baloo This is your last chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the bizarre phe­nom­e­non that is the happy hard­core party Hul­la­baloo. Break out the phat pants, the fun fur, the candy jew­ellery and your rave book. July 9 at the Opera House (735 Queen West). $40 ad­vance.

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