Woah, last week was utterly stuffed to the gills with shows, including the Pouzza and Victoriaville festivals, and this week it seems like bands and venues are taking some time out to lick their wounds. Although there is a marked lack of quantity, there certainly is a fair amount of quality shows, one of which is going down on Saturday night, and it’s sure to please any fan of epically heavy experimental music.
Thursday: Bloodshot Bill continues to be the busiest man in show business with his pick-up band the Hick Ups performing with Gigi French (featuring Giselle Webber, formerly of Hot Springs and Giselle Numbah One, now bandleader of Orkestar Kriminal) and Poni at Petit Campus. 57 Prince Arthur E., 8:30 p.m., $12
Friday: Yardlets hosted a listening party for their sophomore jammer Good Hangs at Barfly a couple of weeks back, but now you can see the official launch at le Ritz with Toronto’s Elsa and No Aloha! (See Cult MTL’s interview with Yardlets here.) 179 Jean-Talon W., 9 p.m., $10
Saturday: Turbo Haus opens its doors for the relocated venue’s first official show, with Greys, Fashion Police (featuring Dick Bird and Turbo Haus co-owner Mike “I’m gellin” Niro) and Drogue breking in their new luxurious digs in St-Henri. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $8
For a night of minimal synth and maximum darkness, you can catch Human Performance Lab with Cinema Vengeance, synth punks Motorkiller and Sarin with DJ Nick Pappagiorgio in the selector position, at Playhouse. 5656 Parc, 10 p.m.
It’s already a great Saturday, to be sure, but easily the best gig of the night and of the week would be Portland duo the Body, who will obliterate and pummel the scene at Casa with assistance from openers Clean, Bowels and Nightwitches. Do not miss this rare chance to see one of the most progressive and challenging bands currently practising heaviosity. 4873 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $5-$10 sliding scale
Wednesday: Anyone who attended the show at Playhouse on Saturday night might want to darken the door of Casa, where Vancouver’s Group Visions (aka Nic Hughs of Shearing Pinx) headline with Gashrat and Perverted Justice warming up the room. 4873 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $7
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