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SOUND SEEKERS: Fevers heat up Café Dekcuf, Austra plays at Ritual Nightclub, and lots more best bets

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The Fevers: (clockwise from left) Jim Hopkins (bass, backing vocals), Martin Charbonneau (synthesizers, guitars, samplers), Mike Stauffer (drums, samplers), Colin MacDougal (guitar, backing vocals), Sarah Bradley (keys, lead vocals)

They’re a five-piece playing dance music that is honey in the headphones and lovingly familiar. Fans of Stars and Young Galaxy will want to tune into Fevers. The band plays indie-dance-rock that has all the contemporary hallmarks: pent-up beats, stargazing vocal tones, and dramatic, declarative song titles (“Passion Is Dead” and “My Heart Is In a Basket on the Front of Your Bicycle”) — plus that synthesizer worship that is characteristic of those who didn’t live through the 1980s. The band — comprising students, civil servants, and a UK transplant — formed two years ago after meeting through mutual friends. They honed and sculpted songs until they felt ready to jump in front of a live audience.

The Fevers’ live set-up — multiple synthesizers, a pile of pedals, samplers, and snaking patch chords a-plenty — is indicative of what the players are producing: a huge sound that is exuberant with a few ambient detours. Fevers, Dreamphone and Distractor, Friday, Dec. 2, Café Dekcuf, 221 Rideau St., upstairs, 9 p.m., $6.

On a similar tip: Toronto’s Katie Stelmanis puts her haunting, operatic vocals to clubby beats with drummer Maya Postepski and bass player Dorian Wolf. They come together as the trio Austra, playing danceable pathos for yearners and bar stars. Austra, Young Galaxy and Tasseomancy, Saturday, Dec. 3, Ritual Nightclub, $10 adv.

Carleton U architecture students raise money for the non-profit organization Architecture for Humanity by throwing one helluva party. The annual event used to be called Kosmic, but this year’s crop of organizers has changed the name to Milieux. No matter, the party is still the same. Future designers trick out the building with weird tunnel structures, maquettes and discarded class projects. I’ve heard it described as “like what would happen if a building did LSD.” This quip from one Adam Saikaley, CBC producer and musician who will play the event with his electro trio Silkken Laumann. Juan MacLean headlines the event. Milieux, Thursday Dec. 1., Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 10 p.m., $30.

Fans of the blues-garage stylings of Shikasta will want to slink over to House of Targ — the pop-up concert hall/jam space at Greenfield and Main streets — Friday to see the new incarnation of the Toronto band, now called The Mercy Now. Their new record, Love Battles EP, was produced by Ian Blurton. The space is manned by scene granddaddy Paul “Yogi” Granger, whose band Djanguar is on the bill. All ages, BYOB, 8 p.m., $8. The Mercy Now, Djanguar, The Ditch, House of Targ, Friday, Dec. 2., 34-1/2 Main St., 8 p.m., $8.

Jimmy George held a regular Sunday slot at the Duke of Somerset pub throughout a chunk of the 1990s. Pints were slung and memories were formed for a certain set of the city that yakked and danced along to folk-punk hybrid tunes such as the Token Celtic Drinking Song. Jimmy George formed as an eight-piece band in April of 1991, playing Pogues covers until they created original material. There’s a nostalgia factor here—almost anyone who was into live music in the city at the time has likely experienced the magnetic brew of good times, good tunes and the community that formed at these shows. Jimmy George’s 20th anniversary reunion gig, scheduled for Saturday at the Elmdale, sold out almost immediately. An additional show was added for Sunday. Tickets are available at the bar and are bound to go quickly. Jimmy George, Sunday, Dec. 4, Elmdale Tavern, 1084 Wellington St., W., 9 p.m., $15.


  • Blondie conjure-uppin’ band GOOD2GO plays a benefit show for Children at Risk Saturday, December 3 at Irene’s Pub with openers The Cutmen. 9 p.m., $10.
  • Two tempos: Craig Cardiff plays a slow-burning, head-searing folk while Julia Dales is a motor mouth beatbox champ. The cool polarity takes place at the Black Sheep Inn Dec. 3 and 4.
  • Montreal sound-shifting, Polaris-Prize winners Karkwa play Ritual Nightclub Thursday, Dec. 1.

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