The Castagne's

11 gigs to break a sweat to this week

Winter be damned. Local bands and touring troubadors are giving us plenty of reasons to get out and party.

facebookOnce again the music community is banding together to help people who have fallen on hard times or just need a helping hand. A benefit that would certainly help with your support would be happening on Sunday at Matahari Loft. While overseas as part of the Canadian Armed Services, an individual and his family were bilked out of a very large sum of money by his partner and is desperately scrambling in an effort to help repay at least a fraction of the debt incurred. To help stimulate your good heart during these holidays, organizers have booked a killer bill that will have you shaking it like a bowl of soup.

Thursday: Remember the ’90s? Sure you do and lucky for you one of Canada’s greatest ’90s indie duo, Duotang are back together and will get you weepy eyed at Petit Campus with the expert support of power poppers Dany Laj and the Looks and the Frisky Kids. 57 Prince-Arthur E., 8 p.m., $12/$15

Death Proof are going to leave skid marks at Katacombes when they launch their new jammer Haunted with Mermaids. 1635 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8

Friday: You can help celebrate 10 great years of Katacombes providing a stage for bands and being an integral part of the local music community with a rock ‘n’ roll party featuring the Suppressors, the Lab Ratz, the Bombs and the Von Rebels. 1635 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $7/$10

The fifth edition of Subversive: Future-Proof Music gets underway at Casa with Radiovoid, Maddame and Palisade. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $5/PWYC

If you aren’t grippin’ tix for the Andy Shauf and Chris Cohen show at le National, you are fugged because it is sold out. 1220 Ste-Catherine E., 9 p.m., SOLD OUT

Saturday: Legendary tunesmith and (Montreal-born) pop icon Andy Kim is hosting his Christmas party at Corona with a heaping helping of fellow singer-songwriters. This year you can get crooned at by Ron Sexsmith, the Dears’ Murray Lightburn, Hey Rosetta’s Tim Baker, Bobby Bazini, Whitehorse, Ima and (get this) the one and only Roch Voisine. All proceeds will go to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. 2490 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $27

If you really want to get up close and personal with the Montreal indie scene, you can go to one of the best small venues in the city — Brasserie Beaubien — and catch Stevenson, Fog Lake and Stranger Mangers. 73 Beaubien E., 9:30 p.m., $8/PWYC

For those of you who like all shades of dark and searing electronics, you can be aurally abused at Casa with New York’s Ligature, Toronto’s Flatline Construct, Maine’s Sterile Garden, Taskmaster and Maussade. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10

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Sunday: If you skipped the intro, scroll back up and read it then make your way down to Matahari Loft for a killer gig featuring local legend Bloodshot Bill and his Hick-ups, Bucko and the Plain Old Dirt. 1673 Mont-Royal E., 5-11 p.m., $20

For a more decidedly hardcore night out, you can catch Whitby, Ontario’s snotty nosed punx Straight Truth with Ultrarat, Mauvaise Conduite at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $5

Tuesday: Finally, you should really head over to the weekly DIY show series at Rockette, Deadly Mardi. This week’s edition features the Castagne’s. 4479 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $5/PWYC

Current Obsession: The Viletones, A Taste of Honey