Okay, so Sweden’s Shout Out Louds are, like, the worst KISS tribute act EVER. Firstly, they got the name wrong – they should be called the Shout IT Out Louds. IT. Secondly, their uptempo, sugary indie pop doesn’t sound ANYTHING like KISS. I mean, what are those – handclaps? Keyboards? Boy-girl vocals? And don’t even get me started on the fact that there’s five of them, they don’t wear the makeup or the costumes, and hell – they don’t even do any KISS songs. I thought Scandanavians were all about the metal? Anyway, they’re at Lee’s Palace tonight and I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that there’ll be no firebreathing, no spitting blood, no kabuki makeup… Just sweet indie pop. Blech. At least their tourmates The Redwalls know a thing or two about good old fashioned classic rock styling. Maybe they’ll do some Nugent covers. Tickets for this show will run you $10.
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Thursday, August 4:
Ex-Local Rabbit turned solo troubadour Peter Elkas is at the Drake with Paso Mino ($10) and local showcase Pitter Patter Nights debuts at its new home, O’Grady’s (College and University) with Action Makes, Bellevue and Steve Shoe (PWYC).
Friday, August 5:
There’s a wealth of options to kick off the weekend – cool kids will be swarming the El Mocambo to see recently-reformed heroes The Wooden Stars, Arcade Fire side-project Bell Orchestre and local violin hero (and touring AF member) Final Fantasy ($8). Jason Molina and his Magnolia Electric Co are at Lee’s Palace to pimp What Comes After The Blues ($13.50) while Jason Collett is at the Mod Club to promote the release of his new album Idols Of Exile, and it’s probably safe to expect that some of his friends will be showing up to help him celebrate ($12). Finally, Burlington space-rock veterans SIANspheric are holding a CD/DVD release party at the Drake in honour of their new retrospective collection RGB ($10).
Saturday, August 6:
Not much happening tonight. The Fake Prom is going down at the Drake, but that’s not really a spontaneous “let’s do something tonight” sort of thing – I mean, where are you going to get a tiara on such short notice? Maybe you’re better off renting a movie. Alexander just came out… Yeah, I hear it sucked too.
Sunday, August 7:
Punk legends X may be on ice, but principals John Doe and Exene Cervenka are still playing together in The Knitters, their recently-resurrected country side-project. Expect to hear good old-school country mixed with X numbers at Lee’s Palace ($22). Wavelength at Sneaky Dee’s this week stars the tongue-twisting Spitfires & Mayflowers and London, Ontario’s atmospheric Raised By Swans (PWYC).
Monday, August 8:
Bill Callahan, AKA Smog (who may or may not have dropped the parentheses) is at Lee’s Palace ($13.50) in support of A River Ain’t Too Much To Love and you know what? It ain’t.
Tuesday, August 9:
Piano men rule at the Kool Haus tonight with Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds and Ben Lee ($34.50). Okay, Ben Lee doesn’t actually play the piano, but if he had any consideration for writers trying to come up with a clever angle, he bloody well would.
Wednesday, August 10:
Tonight is your last chance to say goodbye to Destiny’s Child at the Air Canada Centre ($63 to $83). Their work here is done – they’re needed elsewhere.