Deep winter is upon us, and given that it’s right about that time, you might be going through the hell that is the office Xmas party. If you don’t have your bare ass attached to a Xerox machine this week, there are still some quality gigs putting the sweat on the walls of the local haunts this week.
My local pick of the week would go to the fuggin’ awesome duo Crabe, who will lay it down at Sala with Fet.nat and Zouz. If you’ve never had the immense pleasure of seeing Crabe — which is equal parts humour, dizzying technical prowess and a heaping amount of general fuckery — this is not to be missed. 4848 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10
Saturday: Montreal band Wintersleep — who, incidentally, are some of the nicest people you could ever meet — will strum and croon it out at Théâtre Fairmount with Fake Palms. 5240 Parc, 9 p.m., $20/$25
One of our city’s true treasures — Femminelli — will release their new seven-inch jammer on Bethlehem XXX Records with a show at North Star. Play some pinball and jam along to the toonz provided by DJs Jul Management and Jef Elise Barbara. All proceeds from the door go to the Taking What We Need group, which benefits low-income transfeminine people. 3908 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., by donation
Sunday: The big pick of the week falls on the Sabbath, when tech/post-hardcore heroes the Dillinger Escape Plan play at Foufounes with the awesome support of Hashed Out and Kennedys. DEP is easily one of the greatest post hardcore bands currently stomping the pines. 87 Ste-Catherine E., 8 p.m., $25/$28
Tuesday: Although the DEP show is certainly no yawner, one of Montreal’s greatest psych bands — the Shalabi Effect, who laid down the “psych” vibe back when most of you were still in short pants — will fry your lobes at Sala with Baltimore’s Susan Alcorn. This will be nothing less than incredible. 4848 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8-$12 sliding scale
Current Obsession: Wolves in the Throne Room, Two Hunters