Five heavy shows you won’t want to miss

Too bad three of them are happening tonight. Decisions decisions.

facebookIt’s definitely a little quiet in the local haunts in the coming week, but fans of heaviosity and, uh, grunge should be doing cartwheels over these five events:

Friday: The elder statesmen of the Montreal music scene, the American Devices, change things up at Casa when they perform a special set called “Untongued and Deconstructed.” If I were a betting man, I’d put money on this being an instrumental set with old chestnuts taking brand new hair-pin curves. Opening up is les Gens Chretiens. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $5

The fine folks from Femmes Fatales keep their digs at Playhouse and ask that you don long underwear under jean shorts with a fetching flannel shirt for a special night they’ve entitled Grungeapalooza. Toronto’s all grrrl Nirvana cover band Hervana will step on the fuzz while Hole cover Whole take the middle slot. Opening will be the Bombs. 5656 Parc, 11 p.m., PWYC

My pick of the week will go to the glacial heaviosity of Ottawa’s Alaskan when they launch a record with support from Milanku, Tdoafs and Dark Circles at Turbohaus. Don’t be a turd burglar and please respect the venue. 1180 St-Antoine W., #408, 9 p.m., $8 before the first band plays/$10 after

Sunday: The otherworldly sounds of Orkestar Kriminal will bring everything and the kitchen sink to Quai des Brumes between 5  and 7. 4481 St-Denis, 5à7, PWYC

Wednesday: Don’t miss the psych-pop of the High Dials with Kensico at l’Esco. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $7


Current obsession: Wolves in the Throne Room, Two Hunters