Punkers are definitely going to hurting on Monday as the sixth edition of Pouzza Fest owns the downtown sector this weekend. If you want to check out Cult MTL’s talk with Pouzza rep Mike “magic man” Magee, click here (and you should because he once bought me a drink at Perfecto) and for a complete list of events as well as a handy map to guide you to venues you can go to Pouzza’s website. Check out my picks for Pouzza below.
Thursday: Your favourite little punker getaway Turbo Haus is getting bratty and celebrating one year of existence. Big deals are promised to be had with Toronto’s Pup, Dig It Up (who’ll be stretching their legs before their Pouzza appearance) and Boids laying down the punk rawk vibe. A reminder to those sneaking a few brews before the shows at Turbo: Don’t swill your PBR in front of the venue or the adjacent park as you are being a fucking heat score….and we all know that “heat score” is sure to have you lose your punk points. Wise up! 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9 p.m., $10/$13
Friday: The beautiful people at Analogue Addiction are presenting a night at their favourite hangout — l’Esco — with Nancy Pants, L.A. Witch and Femme Accident. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $10
My big pick of the week would go to legend and ex-guitarist for the Bad Seeds, the Cramps and the Gun Club (questions?) Kid Congo (Powers) and his Pink Monkey Birds. This is sure to be swell, but making it rock-solid is the tambourine-shaking pop of the Adam Brown in the sweat-act slot. Bar le Ritz PDB (179 Jean-Talon W.), 9:30 p.m., $12/$15
If you want to hang out at a venue run by people who are truly passionate about music and eager to build a community, head to the Drones (for their self-proclaimed “show of the year“) to catch Lab Coast, Nennen, Un Blonde and Tess Ruby. Secret location, 10 p.m., $7/PWYC
Two of my Pouzza picks play tonight, namely Red Mass at Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent, 7 p.m., $15, with Lemuria, Save Ends, One Flight Down, Nightmares for a Week, Blossom, Colour Wheel) and Pale Lips just down the street a ways at Théâtre Sainte Catherine (264 Ste-Catherine E., 6 p.m., $15, with the Slow Death, Barrasso, the Raging Nathans, Stuck Out Here, Sketchy, Bucky Harris, Cut Up, You Vandal, Pistols at Dawn).
Saturday: The Grand Poobah of Pouzza — Hugo Mudie — will don his punk rock cap once again when the Sainte Catherines reunite and perform their record Dancing for Decadence in its entirety at Foufs. Geritol punx unite! 87 Ste-Catherine E., 5 p.m., $25 (with the Suicide Machines, Night Birds, the Hunters, the Lippies, Lost Love, PKEW, PKEW, PKEW)
Sunday: Probably my favourite night of Pouzza is happening at the outdoor all ages venue le Jardins des Bières when les Breastfeeders (10 p.m.) and New York legends the Fleshtones (9 p.m.) shows punkers how to shimmy and shake it like a bowl of soup. Quartier des Spectacles, Place des Festivals
Monday: For all doomsters you cannot miss a chance to see Dopethrone at Katacombes with Deathbringer and Black Khox. Heavvvvvyyyyyyy!!!!! 1635 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10
The fine peeps at Slut Island have cooked up a night at Casa with Toronto’s Triage, Sigh Down One and the debuts of Chipped Nails and the pop punk of Grey Bath. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., cover charge unknown
Tuesday: As usual, my sign-off goes to the Deadly Mardi DIY show series, which keeps going steady with a performance from Disposer. 4479 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $5/PWYC
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