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Live mu­sic high­lights for the week of April 13-19.

PJ Har­vey Last year’s multi-faceted Hope Six De­mo­li­tion Project pro­vides the back­bone for Polly Jean Har­vey’s first Toronto show in just over 12 years, and you might say it’s about time. Then again, she works de­lib­er­ately and thought­fully, an au­teur with a jour­nal­ist’s eye for de­tail — wit­ness “The Min­istry of De­fence,” the setlist’s early show­stop­per in which she lists the de­tri­tus in front of her as she picks through an aban­doned build­ing lot in Afghanistan: bro­ken glass, a plas­tic spoon, a white jaw­bone, hu­man hair, a ghost — “This is how the world will end,” she con­cludes, kick­ing the pedi­greed 10-piece band into a mighty thun­der. Nearly a quar­ter­century on from mas­ter­work Rid of Me, she hasn’t lost any power. (Thurs­day, Massey Hall, 8:30 p.m.)

Rakkatak Toronto Tabla En­sem­ble vet­eran Anita Katakkar helms this lo­cal five­piece that com­bines In­dian clas­si­cal with pop, jazz and funk and is on hand to chris­ten third al­bum Small Pieces here. Among the high­light cuts is “He­lio­sphere,” which has Rex Van Der Spuy’s in­tri­cate sitar runs call­ing out for a re­sponse from Ori­ana Bar­bato’s groovy bass and Katakkar’s rapid-fire syn­co­pa­tion — for this live show, vi­o­lin­ist Jessica Deutsch (Oz- ere, Lemon Bucket Orkestra) and Sina Mom­ta­han on se­tar throw some more into the heady, bub­bling mix. Throw in their cover of Rush’s “YYZ,” and presto, it’s a Good Fu­sion Fri­day. (Fri­day, Bur­dock, doors 8 p.m.)

Choir! Choir! Choir! and Those Pretty Wrongs This T.O. mass-choral get-to­gether brings its big-hearted for­mula out of home ground Clin­ton’s and un­der a new, big­ger roof for this one-off, with Big Star drum­mer (and lone sur­viv­ing band mem­ber) Jody Stephens guest of hon­our in a show called Thir­teen — as in the song that’s among the top of the leg­endary, long-gone power-pop band’s sparkling cat­a­logue and one of C!C!C!’s early cov­er­ing tri­umphs. Ac­cord­ing to their Face­book page, Stephens and gui­tarist Luther Rus­sell, his band­mate in Those Pretty Wrongs, will do some of their own songs as well as pull some Big Star chest­nuts out. Be­tween all that, the tick­ets ought to carry a warn­ing la­bel: May cause throat-lump­ing, tear­ing up, lots of feels. (Mon­day, Great Hall, doors 7 p.m.)

Leela James and Da­ley Soul singer James’ de­liv­ery is old­fash­ioned creamy, while the pro­duc­tion em­broi­dery is just new-school enough to show she’s pay­ing at­ten­tion on sixth LP Did It For Love. It’s her big­gest hit yet, too — “Don’t Want You Back” land­ing her at No. 1 on the charts for the first time — it’s made for spoon­ing, so bring your squeeze. Red-headed Manch­ester soul man Gareth Da­ley joins her on sec­ond billing and he’s no slouch ei­ther, as a hands-across-the-wa­ter match for the head­liner. Cana­dian Mu­sic Week (CMW) starts off Tues­day and runs through Sun­day; though this one is un­der that ban­ner, it’s a sep­a­rate ticket — check the sched­ule for all the per­mu­ta­tions. (Tues­day, Great Hall, doors 7 p.m.)

Ko­lars Dozens of vis­it­ing acts are in for CMW, but upon fur­ther re­view they’ll have to work aw­fully hard to match the stage punch and charisma of hus­band-and-wife duo Rob Ko­lar and Lau­ren Brown Ko­lar, late of the more folk-tinged out­fit He’s My Brother She’s My Sis­ter. Rob is a pom­padoured guitar pro with a throaty voice that’s just made for this kinda stuff — Lau­ren pro­vides po­tent ac­ces­soriz­ing to his rock­a­billy-punk styling, ham­mer­ing away on a cock­tail drum kit while tap-danc­ing on a cus­tom­ized bass drum. Even Slim Jim Phan­tom, pa­tron saint of the standup bashabout with the Stray Cats, never did that. Fur­ther on this CMW Club Se­ries card, lo-fi Welsh trio Sea­zoo fig­ure to add to the fun fac­tor. (Tues­day, Rivoli, doors 7 p.m.)

Mon­sieur Per­iné Colom­bian swing stars make their Cana­dian de­but and come with some ad­vance word, as in a Latin Grammy, as well as a rep in Europe and on their home con­ti­nent for smokin’ live shows. Bo­gota-flavoured bolero and cumbia to hot jazz fire­crack­ers are among the tricks in their bag, but not the only ones — it’s enough to en­sure a good party atmo, for sure. Silky Peru­vian-Cana­dian jazz singer Pa­tri­cia Cano, mak­ing her venue de­but in sup­port, has a big year in store, in­clud­ing a quick re­turn to guest here with Cree writer-pi­anist Tom­son High­way (May 12) and the fall re­lease of her sec­ond LP. (Wed­nes­day, Koerner Hall, 8 p.m.)


PJ Har­vey’s Hope Six De­mo­li­tion Project pro­vides the back­bone for her first Toronto show in just over 12 years. Har­vey plays at Massey Hall Thurs­day.

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