Music This Week

THURSDAY The Karma Chameleon himself, Boy George, makes an appearance in the
DJ booth at the Standard tonight. After a legendary pop career fronting
Culture Club, the former George O’Dowd tumbled right behind the decks
and carved himself a new niche as one of the world’s chief purveyors of
chunky, glamourous house. Doors at 9 p.m., tickets at Ticketmaster, Foosh,
Underground, Colourblind and the doors. And then there’s the original
P.I.M.P., 50 Cent, makin’ like it’s your birthday at Rexall
Place, with G-Unit, David Banner, Kardinall Offishall and Melanie Durrant.
Tickets are $39.50 and $59.50, available at Ticketmaster. FRIDAY Revisit your
old-school punk roots at New City when seminal underground band U.K. Subs
arrives. Also there to school your ass are Montreal’s AB Irato, Billy
and the Lost Boys and Vancouver’s SlaveCo, featuring veteran SNFU
frontman Mr. Chi Pig. On the other side of downtown, things will be a lot
less oi! with the leftfield rock ’n’ roll of the Summerlad,
Besnard Lakes and National Monument. And don’t forget about the No
Hands show at Listen, no sir! SATURDAY Vagabond troubadour, prolific writer
and artist Dan Bern makes a stop at the Sidetrack Café to play to a
sold-out house, while local metal warriors Chunk celebrate the recent release
of their fast-rising album Slightly Different with a homecoming show at
Red’s. Tickets are dirt cheap—$5 advance at Red’s or
Ticketmaster. Doors at 8 p.m. and the show is all ages. SUNDAY Look,
everyone’s going to see the Pixies. Those who don’t have a ticket
will sit at home and listen to Pixies albums. Or watch The Simpsons. Or if
they’re a fan of professional wrestling and metal, they’ll be
thrashing downtown at the new Starlite Room to the sounds of Fozzy, the band
put together by WWE champion Chris Jericho. Tickets are available at
Ticketmaster or at the door, which opens at 9 p.m. MONDAY This is the day
that everyone calls in sick. You don’t need to ask why. TUESDAY
Impassioned punk-folk singer/songwriter Ember Swift returns to
Edmonton’s Sidetrack Café with a new album, Disarming.
It’s an apt title, considering the lack of weirdo left turns and
deliberately obscure tunings that her previous material bent toward and also
won her a diehard fan core. However, it’s about time she brought more
ears to the show, and this new material might do the trick. Show starts at 9
p.m., tickets are $12. Also on the bill are Bebop Cortez and the Pocket
Dwellers. WEDNESDAY It’s Robert Smith’s birthday! Yes, that
cosmetically challenged walking haystack from the Cure is celebrating his
arrival on earth today, and though we’d rather not hazard a guess about
how old he is (it’s only polite) we’d like to encourage all of
you to go out a buy a Cure album. Among our favourites: Disintegration,
Pornography, Head on the Door and Japanese Whispers. Or you could get the
Greatest Hits, but that’s too easy.

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