This week gets off to a cracking start with Black Mountain-offshoot Lightning Dust crashing into Broken City on Thursday, May 7. With femme fatale frontwoman Amber Webber evoking the holy spirit of Grace Slick, their live show is sure to be a haunting good time. Son of a preacher man Jon-Rae Fletcher fills the opening slot, so cross your fingers for some of his badass covers of Joy Division, Shellac, Townes Van Zandt or the Eurythmics.
On a more experimental tip, Toronto trio Haynes/Driver/Martin is also spinning by the Cantos Museum Thursday, May 7 to perform some tunes on their instruments of choice: the ukulele, a suitcase and a bristle from a street cleaner. They’ll be joined by Calgary out-jazz stalwarts the Bent Spoon Duo with super special guest Chad VanGaalen.
Synth-heavy dance rockers The Shagbots drop their debut CD We Were Born Tigers with a show on Friday, May 8 at The Palomino. With their propulsive sound, the Calgary quintet brings to mind Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, The Bravery and other 1980s-aping acts. Visit ffwdweekly.com for a full web-exclusive story.
Out of the closet chamber-pop icon Gentleman Reg offers up songs from his latest album, Jet Black, on Monday, May 11 at the MacEwan Hall Ballroom. The Toronto troubadour will be joined by fellow Arts & Crafts signees The Stills, who aren’t exactly my cup of tea, but seem to maintain a fairly devoted following from fans of wallpaper music.
Ramping up the venue and superstar size one step further, classic rock staples Fleetwood Mac ride the revival wagon into the Saddledome on Tuesday, May 12. Tickets will cost you a hefty $200 a pop, but it might be worth it to hear classic tunes like “Rhiannon,” “Go Your Own Way” or “The Chain.” We’ve got another web-exclusive interview with Mick Fleetwood at ffwdweekly.com, so get your Internet on.
Finally, fun and funky Latin language flamenco jazz trio Pacifika ends off the week with a performance at the Jack Singer on Wednesday, May 13. For those craving international sounds, this could be your ticket.