Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor St. W.), Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
• Catch these young indie-rockers on their rise to glory before they head off for an East Coast tour. The 2009 XM Verge Music Award nominees for artist of the year and album of the year will open for Haligonian rock icons Thrush Hermit with their particular brand of dark, atmospheric pop featured on their white vinyl 7-inch EP Royalty/Ice Hotels. Hey, what else are you up to on a Sunday afternoon?
The Black Lips
Sonic Boom (512 Bloor St. W.), Sunday, 4 p.m.
• The sushi-joint-laden Bloor/Bathurst Annex neighbourhood is the place to rock this weekend! Bear witness to the psychedelic southern rockers from Atlanta, Ga., as they perform “bubble-gum garage in the spirit of the Troggs” (to quote the New York Times) between gigs at the Horseshoe Saturday and Sunday night. More than likely you’ll hear hits from their most recent opus, 2009’s 200 Million Thousand and their newest tentatively scheduled for this summer, which Black Lips’ Cole Alexander said would be “our most f---ed up but successful album” if reports are correct.
Billy Talent (with Against Me!, Alexisonfire & Cancer Bats)
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay St.), Sunday, 4 p.m.
• The triumvirate of Golden Horseshoe power poppers (and Against Me!, from Gainesville, Fla.) returns to their home stomping grounds. Yes, perennial Juno darlings Billy Talent will headline with singles from III and their old faves (which will hopefully include Try Honesty). But the Cancer Bats are the ones to watch at this gig with their metal-infused cover of classic Beastie Boys’ track Sabotage — one of the baddest (and we mean that in the good way) songs ever.