The relatively-senior Dinosaur Jr. play the Capital Music Hall on Friday
The most intriguing show this week goes down Friday at the Black Sheep Inn, where Vancouver's Geoff Berner bravely continues his quest to "drag klezmer kicking and screaming back into the bars." His brand of klezmer is not your daddy's klezmer... it's actually your grand-daddy's klezmer, which apparently was full of "drinking, politics, and sex." Sounds like just another Friday night for dial613.
If the intrigue doesn't do it for you, there are 3 other high-quality shows that night to satisfy whatever it is you're looking for: accomplished indie-altrocking vets Dinosaur Jr., almost-retro electronic pop duo Hexes & Ohs (montreal), and small-town but big-rocking James McKenty & The Spades (peterborough), who turned in an incredible set on Canada Day, transitioning seamlessly between songs without stopping the music for anything resembling a breather.
If this week's shows are a sandwich and Friday is the meat, then local acts play the role of some pretty great bread; on top, there's the straight-outta-C(arleton)P(lace)T(own?) Brock Zeman & The Dirty Hands, who play dirty country tunes that stay loyal to their city limit roots. On the other end is Poorfolk, an indie-rock band with one hand sometimes in the folk cookie jar. Or bread basket. Whatever.
Who will you choose on Friday night?
Which show will you feel worst about missing?
What's your favourite kind of sandwich?
Brock Zeman & The Dirty Hands*, at The Rainbow
-->Brock Zeman & The Dirty Hands - Sweet Charlotte (website, myspace)
Camp Best Friends*, at Cafe Dekcuf
Chris Velan with Joshua Morin*, at The Black Sheep Inn
Dinosaur Jr. with TBA, at Capital Music Hall
Hexes And Ohs with The Stolen Minks and Hunter Valentine, at Irene's Pub
-->Hexes & Ohs - Alive Until Saturday Night (website, myspace)
James McKenty & The Spades, at Maverick's
Geoff Berner with Chakidor and Wax Mannequin, at The Black Sheep Inn
-->Geoff Berner - Whiskey Rabbi (website, myspace)
Poorfolk* with The Field Register and The Soiree*, at Irene's Pub
-->Poorfolk - Cave Smokin' (website, myspace)
* denotes local act
note: dial613 will be on pause for the next few days. (See if you can tell the difference.)
Kitten War! (go Stretch!)
Baby vs. Baby! (go Bink!)
Bonus!: Lou Barlow - Home (dial613's favourite 0.3333 of Dinosaur Jr.)