There are some great shows happening during this festival lull

The best gigs this week, from indie rock nostalgia to black/death metal to Alberta’s greatest export.


Now that we are in the shadow of Suoni per il Popolo and Rockfest, and with all the St-Jean Baptiste nonsense going on, things are definitely slowing down in the music venues. Although pickings are a bit slim this week, there are some kickin’ gigs happening, including some black metal infused death metal and a hipster gig for the goth-come-lately.

Thursday: If you L7’s were hip to the Devil Eyes reunion gig last week at l’Esco, all of you Stilleposters are gonna want to make it down to le Ritz to catch the 10th anniversary for Tonstartssbandht with Cool Fest head honcho Blake Hargreaves. Does indie rock age gracefully? Show up and find out. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9:30 p.m., $12/$15

Saturday: People who think Cool Fest and Stilleposte are too nu skool and actually remember cow punk bands like Rank and File and other twangers who know how to add some growl will want to squeeze into Barfly to catch Alberta’s greatest export Jr. Gone Wild with local shit kickers Three O’Clock Train. 4062 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $20/$25

If you really want to get your St. Jean on, head down to Katacombes for Potion 13 (was that a post Big Boys name?), la Tetes Reduites and Thrash la Reine. 1635 St-Laurent, 6 p.m., $5

The fine peeps behind the Distorsion Psych Fest are hosting a night at l’Esco with the fugged up duo of Co/ntry with Petra Glynt and Red Mass side project Bird of Paradise. 4461 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $12

The minimal synth set should get to la Sotterenea for Xarah Dion, Sunstroke Militia, la Naegleria, Serieu Xski and Mykhalo. 4848 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8/$10

Sunday: If you missed Jr. Gone Wild on Saturday night, an early second show has just been announced at Barfly starting at 6. There will be a BBQ and after the Junior gig you can stick around for the regularly scheduled Bluegrass night hosted by the always-punctual Matt Large. 4062 St-Laurent, 6 p.m., price unlisted

Those of you who have a hunger for something heavier can make it down to Katacombes for Appalachian Terror Unit and the heavy as fug Hard Charger and the debut gig from Offensive Mindset. 1635 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $7

Monday: It wouldn’t be a regular week without an Analogue Addiction gig and once again they will host their gig of the week at l’Esco with Supercrush, Holding Hands, Big Bite and Colour Wheel. 4461 St-Denis, 8 p.m., $8

Not necessarily my big pick of the week (though that also happens to fall on Monday night) but the biggest gig is probably Iceage at Sala with Mary Lattimore and Tempestas. I did walk out of an Iceage show at Casa years ago out of sheer boredom, but your mileage may vary. 4848 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $17/$20

Iceage will be all asses and elbows but my big pick of the week will go to the blackened death metal of Profound Lore’s Of Feather and Bone with the heavy pummeling power of Tomb Mold with Oath Div.666 at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $12/$15

Tuesday: If you dig the post-punk sounds of Rites of Spring, you will definitely want to darken the door of Casa for Criminal Code with David Vassalotti, David West and Lysergic. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10


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