My Chemical Romance, Dec. 18, Sound Academy
With Fall Out Boy on indefinite hiatus, My Chemical Romance remains the foremost group of swoop-haired torchbearers for disaffected youth. And it’s a good thing, too, because MCR’s new concept album requires a bit of decoding in order to grasp the narrative and, perhaps, understand why singer Gerard Way’s hair is now orange. (See Eye?Weekly’s interview at EyeWeekly.com/music.)
8 p.m. $35.50 advance. 11 Polson. Sound-Academy.com
The?Flatliners, Dec. 17 and 19, Sneaky?Dee’s
Toronto punk band The Flatliners seem keen on keeping their 2009 hardest-working-band crown from F-U Awards as they tour the province this month and then cross the pond in February.
This band is an inspired one, having toured with their heroes NOFX and releasing their most mature album, Cavalcade, earlier this year.
9 p.m. (Dec 17), 7 p.m. (Dec 19), $15, 431 College St.
White?Cowbell Oklahoma, Dec. 17, Lee’s Palace
Notoriously depraved, hard-partying band White Cowbell Oklahoma might seem like a Southern rock act — in name and sound — but the six-piece is all Canadian. After surviving a two-week “Battle Royale” tour with Big John Bates and dropping a new live CD along the way, the Jägermeister-sponsored group is back for their third Toronto gig this year, the annual X-mas X-plosion.
9 p.m. $16.50 advance. 529 Bloor St. W. 416-532-1598 LeesPalace.com.
Emma-Lee, Dec. 18, The Garrison
At the outset of local singer-songwriter Emma-Lee’s career, the talk was often about how she’d struggled through two separate vocal surgeries before getting on with releasing her well-received debut. Since then, the talk has been a steady flow of accolades for her jazz-inflected pop and serious anticipation for a follow-up. She’s already been trying out songs during a Cameron House residency earlier this year.
9 p.m. $10 advance, $15 door. 1197 Dundas St. W. GarrisonToronto.com
Doctor Whom: Improvised Adventures In Time And Space, Dec. 18, Comedy Bar
How can you not have fun sending up a sci-fi show that features something called a Tardis?
In this version, the long-scarfed doctor is played by Second City’s Scott Montgomery, who deftly pilots his cast through past, present and future, from distant stars to our own home planet. The show was a hit when it played last January; now’s your last chance to catch the doctor before he disappears for good.
8 p.m. $15. 945 Bloor St. W. ComedyBar.ca
The Unicorn: A Gathering Of Magic, until Dec. 31, Narwhal Art Projects
For the twee art enthusiast on your list, Narwhal’s sixth annual instalment of unique art gifts showcases handcrafted works from more than 20 artists. (All the big names are represented: Gary Taxali, Noferin, Stephen Appleby-Barr and many more.) It’s probably the only place you’ll find a diorama of yeti building a snowman.
Free. 680 Queen St. W. NarwhalArtProjects.com
Mix of Six: Dec. 17 - 19