The Kooks

Hot Ticket: The Kooks, Hey Rosetta!, The Jezabels, Cuff the Duke, Huddle, JJ Ipsen, Timber Timbre, and Tandoori Knights

Live music picks for WEDNESDAY November 23 through MONDAY November 28, 2011.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23 / THE KOOKS / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON / $33.13 / ALL AGES
Fresh off the release of their third studio album, Junk of the Heart, Britpop darlings The Kooks are back in Toronto to play the Sound Academy. You probably know them for their blending of genres and catchy tunes, or you might know them for their well-documented feuds with bands like The Arctic Monkeys, but there's no denying that, since their 2006 debut, these guys have been nothing if not consistent.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24 / HEY ROSETTA! / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $26.25 / 19+

It's been a very good year for this six-piece band from St. John's. Their third album, Seeds, was released to much acclaim, and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize — no small feat. In addition to the standard guitar, bass, and drums, the band also incorporates a string section made up a violin and cello, creating a very unique sound. The Jezabels will open.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25 / CUFF THE DUKE / HORSESHOE TAVERN / 368 QUEEN W / $17.50 / 19+

I saw Cuff the Duke perform at the eBar in Guelph back in the spring, and it still stands up as the best show that I've seen in 2011 thus far. These Oshawa boys have quietly made a name for themselves over the last few years, and the passion they show for their music is impossible to miss when you see them live. If you're a fan of alt-country, folk, or hell, Canadian music in general, you need to check this one out. Huddle and JJ Ipsen will offer support.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 / TIMBER TIMBRE / QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE / 190 PRINCES' BLVD / $31 / ALL AGES

It's a very good week for live Canadian music in Toronto. Timber Timbre released their fourth album, Creep On Creepin' On, earlier this year, and it was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. Their music draws from both folk and blues, while accentuating the most haunting elements of each genre - the result is often very chilling but unmistakably fantastic.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 28 / TANDOORI KNIGHTS / LEE'S PALACE / 529 BLOOR W / $15 / 19+

If you're in the mood for something a little different, look no further than Tandoori Knights. Combining elements of punk, garage rock, and 50's rockabilly, this Montreal-based duo released their debut album, Curry Up, in 2010. The less said about this music, the better — just check it out. It's unlike anything you've ever heard before.

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