Find that special someone at these Valentine’s week gigs

This Wednesday marks Valentine’s Day, or what us single people call “Crying into a 2-litre tub of ice cream while listening to Fields of Nephilim day.” For those of you who won’t be eating sweet and slightly unfrozen treats out of a cardboard carton on Wednesday, there are plenty of gigs happening this week to treat your sweetheart right.

Thursday: If your heart’s desire was to check out Tokio Hotel at Club Soda you will broken-hearted as this gig is cancelled. Fear not! The real man of romance and the dude in Godspeed and Mt. Zion Efrim Manuel Menuck will be playing his tender ballads at Le Ritz with support from Growing side gig KGB. 179 Jean-Talon O., 9:30 p.m., $18/$15 advance

Friday: Those alluring rebels at Analog Addiction are presenting a barnstormer at L’Esco with Black Bambi and Ancient Shapes. Hubba hubba. 4461 Dt-Denis, 9 p.m., $10

For a true night of innocent romance, make your way down to Casa to check out the caustic yet tender tunes of Philly’s Mint with Wreckage With a Stick, Ottawa’s Torpor and Beep Test. 4873 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $10/PWYC

If you are more the mysterious and misunderstood type you will want to meet that special someone at La Sotterenau with the warm and soothing sounds of Sarah Page, Jessica Moss, Joni Void and N. Nao. 4848 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10/NOTAFLOF

Do you seek to shake a tail feather, and the sight of a floozy makes you woozy with desire? Then check out the rock and roll/swing stomp of The Rocket 88’s at the most romantic place in town, Barfly. 4062a St-Laurent, 9 p.m., PWYC

If you’re looking to spend your Valentine’s with a myopic record collecting trainspotter, there is a good chance that special someone will be at the all-vinyl DJ gig hosted by rock and roll hunks Punk Police. This is happening at North Star natch. 3908 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., free

Saturday: If you want to meet a person who enjoys washing down expertly crafted tunes with a fine pint of lager, they may be at the Barfly when the aptly titled Mighty Ffud coo sweet nothings in your ear. 4062a St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $5/PWYC

If there is any truth to the rumor that you can tell how good somebody is in the sack by how well they can shake it on the dance floor, then put them to the test at the sultry, soul and swampy R’n’B DJ night Mess Around at Divan Orange. 4234 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $5

Lovers with hair on their knuckles and not too swift on the conversation front should get to the stoner rock gig at Katacombes with Floating Widget, Vantablack Warship and Dizzy Goth. 1635 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $12/$10 advance

If you are attracted to those who received Social Distortion tattoos during the great tattoo landslide of ’97, you will want to be at Piranha Bar for The Mahones with ‘Ol School Johnny, The Lookout and those loveable skate brat scamps Hood Rats. 680 Ste-Catherine O., 8:30 p.m., $12

Sunday: Quiet and bookish types will want to be at Sound Central to dig their new coffee machine and burrow deep into the soundscapes of thisquietarmy with the fucked up heaviosity of Squalor. This starts at 4pm and continues on Sundays throughout the month of February with various incarnations of thisquietarmy. 4486 Coloniale, 4 p.m., PWYC

After, walk East a couple of blocks and load up on some serious pasta dishes at L’Esco with Little You, Little Me and Rose Bush serve up the sugar and spice. 4461 Dt-Denis, 5-8 p.m., $12

Tuesday: My big pick of the week would be thinking person’s metal The Atlas Moth who will seriously fuck with your puny little mind. They play with The Royal Thunder and Neurosis side band Mirrors of Psychic Warfare at Le Ritz. 179 Jean-Talon O., 7:30 p.m., $20/$18 advance

Besnard Laker and general lady about town Sheenah Ko brings her debut solo record into the world at Casa and is asking that everybody beat those winter blahs by dressing up in tropical attire. Opening is the new synth folk sounds of Munya, with DJ L.A. Foster keeping you dancing until last call. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., free

If you are looking for some great electro pop you can check out Chi town’s Wingtips with Besatzung and Unvvel at la Virtola. 4602 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $10/PWYC

Current obsession: Fields of Nephilim, Burning the Fields

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