14 shows that’ll crush you this week

Post-punk, techno and indie rock legends PLUS a local country band with a classic sound, West Coast stoner rock, Columbian metal and more.

facebookBefore we get into the gigs, if there is one art event you should be checking out, it’s local artist Lisa Czech’s pop-up shop, which is already underway at Sound Central (4486 Coloniale) and running until Oct. 24. I have been a big fan of Czech ever since her days as a Pirate of the Lachine Canal and her pen and ink work for the upcoming Turbo Haus shows is some of her best. Pop by the Central and dig into her zine work, prints, stickers, zines and more.

Thursday: Fans of meat and potatoes punk rawk should head down to a new spot called Exit Bar for the Bombs, the Hazytones and After Party Acid People. 2031 St-Denis, 9:30 p.m., $6

For a night of serious country twang that will appeal to fans of mid ’70s Nashville and original outlaw country, the Firemen will play le Ritz with Bobby C Dove. Prepare to see a lot of familiar faces on stage when the band straps on their six-strings. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9:30 p.m., free

For pop perfection, check out Destroyer with Jennifer Castle at Théâtre Fairmount. 5240 Parc, 9 p.m., $20/$25

Friday: If you’re making your way down to Casa to check out Mike Krol, you’ll definitely want to show up early to catch the glimmering power pop of Sonic Avenues. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10/$13

Find out just how mighty the Mighty Ffud is when they give everyone a serious lesson in songwriting craft at Bistro de Paris with the fuel-injected rock of the Lookout. 4536 St-Denis, 10 p.m.

Most of you he-man hardcore people will be marching down to Foufounes to catch the metalcore crunch of the Black Dhalia Murders but for me the smart money is on Municipal Wasted offshoot Iron Reagan, who will get the pit moving with Harm’s Way and Maruta. 87 Ste-Catherine E., 7:30 p.m., $22.50/$25

The big pick of the week would go to the electronic blips and bleeps of one of my favourite electronic experimental artists — Autechre — at Théâtre Fairmount. This will definitely fry your puny brain to bits. Too bad this show is sold out! 5240 Parc, 10 p.m., SOLD OUT

Aging college radio programmers and geeky record collectors are all to report to Corona Theatre when Yo La Tengo get their (acoustic) jam on with Dave Schramm. Absolutely nobody here will be getting laid. 2490 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $29.50

Saturday: Eighties post-punk legends the Chameleons (aka “the Chameleons Vox”) are calling it a day and doing one last farewell tour, playing the entirety of their classic Script of the Bridge record. To help pour the dirt on are the always amazing and ever changing Complications (take the Killing Joke snatch as a hint and add a modest helping of krautrock) with Toronto’s Pavilion and Dernier Sex, at Katacombes. 1635 St-Laurent, p.m., $20/$25 (online tickets are sold out — call Aux 33 Tours, Sonik Records, Phonopolis, Soundcentral and/or Cheap Thrills to see if they have any advance tickets left, or try your luck at the door)

Sunday: Spending your Sabbath at Turbo Haus is just a plain swell idea. Gazm and Columbia’s Secta, will be putting in some punk rock elbow grease with Panzee and Pretty Boys. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m. sharp, $5-$7

Monday: My band USA Out of Vietnam are playing a show at Turbo Haus before we get the hell out of dodge for awhile and plunge ourselves into financial destitution. Big fuggin deal, but my favourite new band Spectral Wound will open the night with blast-beat superiority while the amazing Big/Brave will flip the coin and let it all ooze out. Let’s get shiddy together!!! 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9 p.m. sharp, $12

Tuesday: Stoner rockers can turn it up to 11 with Vancouver’s 88 Mile Trip with Lake Saint-John Power and Paper Cie with the metal beat-down of Cromagnum and the End of Galia at Piranha Bar. 680 Ste-Catherine W., 8 p.m., $10/$12

For some more metal mayhem, can catch Atreyu with Beartooth and Woven War at the Corona Threatre. 2490 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $31.50/$34.50

Finally, don’t miss the decibel blast of Williamsburg noiseniks A Place to Bury Strangers, who will shear some ears with Groom at Sala. 4848 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $15/$18


Current Obsession: Roky Erickson, I Have Always Been Here Before box set