Still reeling from last week’s plethora of shows? Well this week definitely moves it down a gear but there are still some gleaming gems happening this week, with locals beating out the touring bands as far as excitement goes.
Friday: Starting off your weekend at Turbo Haus is a good idea, with Barrasso launch their new full-length. Kiss Turbo curmudgeon Sergio on the mouth for me. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9 p.m., $5
Saturday: The weekend holds its true jewels for Saturday night, starting with the scaled down version of Passovah fest that has spread itself out over the calendar with deliciously digestible shows that won’t have you reaching for the Tylenol. The return of the poptastic and always fuggin’ awesome the Adam Brown will have you shaking a tambourine at le Ritz, with James Irwin, Sarah Page and Jenny Berkel. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9 p.m., $10 in advance
For a decidedly more punk rock night, you can squeeze into Casa for Mommy, the chain-swinging Omegas, Sexface, Drip, Gazm, synth punks Motor Killer and Lowebrau. 4873 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $8
A guaranteed rager is sure to be had when one of the sweetest human beings in this city — Johnny Campbell — hits the big five-o at his favourite digs, Barfly (natch). There will be a full spread set out near the bathrooms (!) with Half Measures and the Mighty Ffud getting in on the celebrations. Happy birthday Johnny, we love you!!!! 4062 St-Laurent, 9 p.m.
If you miss the mall-punk of the aughts, get your angst out when Silverstein do, uh what they do with Being As an Ocean, Emarosa, Cardinals Pride and Rarity at le National. 1220 Ste-Catherine E., 6:30 p.m., $22/$26
Sunday: Zig Zag Zine launches its second issue with a sick line-up at Casa that includes the Shakewell Brothers, the Count Ferraras, les Sales Machines, Eleanory and Nothinge. No complaints there, but the real reason you should show up is to catch the deviant theatre punk of ex-pat Corpusse!!!!!! If you have yet to see this man cross GG Allin with Gene Simmons, you need to go to this. 4873 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10 (zine included)
Thrash legends Helloween will sweat it out to the oldies at Theatre Corona with Them and Potion. 2490 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $45/$55
Turbo Haus‘s monthly Turbo Talk series continues with How to Avoid Getting Screwed in the Arts Community. Speakers include Kerry Williams and Dave “Mr. Sign” Arnold. Again, kiss Sergio on the mouth for me. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 6:30 p.m.
Monday: If you missed Nothinge on Sunday night, you can catch them at le Ritz, where they occupy the slot between Pop. 1280 (who launch their new jammer Paradise) and local stud muffin Taylor Hoodlum Stevenson. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9:30 p.m., $10/$13
Tuesday: Not to be outdone by Nothinge’s iron-clad work ethic, Lowebrau also gets two shows in this week, opening the night at Casa with Doldrums, Blanka and Tobias Rochman. 4873 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $5
My big pick of the week is easy this time around, as one of the most fugged up bands in the city — Crabe — play the weekly Deadly Mardi DIY show series at Rockette. This band impresses on so many levels. If you dig Mr. Bungle and Nomeansno as much as Captain Beefheart, you have to see this duo utterly slay a room. 4479 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $5
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