The county of Yorkshire is to England what Texas is to the U.S.: the biggest, the most self-assured, and the most convinced of its place in the universe. So, if you think that the British musical legacy stops at the M25 road around London and all you know about Leeds is that the Who once shook it all over, then the cello-enhanced cerebral pop of Grammatics (Sat., 7:55pm, the Phoenix) will be an education. Serious Sam Barrett (Wed., 9pm, Velveeta Room) could be this year's Frank Turner; the punk-friendly summation of British folk, his hard-hewn acoustic tales of blue-collar pride demonstrate that the roots of Americana lie across the Atlantic. Technically from neighboring Bradford rather than Leeds, the piano-driven Scars on 45 (Fri., 8pm, Maggie Mae's Chop Shop) have rightly been compared to precorporate Fleetwood Mac for their stadium-ready melancholy. Fifty miles south, the gray hills and post-industrial drear of Sheffield go a long way to explaining the intimate kitchen-sink dramas of Standard Fare (Fri., 8pm, Mohawk), while the odd burst of sunshine justifies smart popsters the Crookes (Thu., 10:25pm, Friends) being so upbeat in their shamelessly twee homage to vintage Britpop. – Richard Whittaker
Jesse Dangerously (Wed., 8:30pm, Karma Lounge)
Straight out the slums of Ottawa!
More or Les (Wed., 9:10pm, Karma Lounge)
Showing high respects to the Hieroglyphics.
Ayah (Wed., 11:40pm, Klub Krucial)
Toronto's R&B songstress gravitates toward Erykah Badu on last year's 4:15.
Josh Martinez (Thu., 9:20pm, Club 115)
Portland, Ore., transplant achieves Maximum Wellbeing on last year's EP.
Keys N Krates (Thu., 9:15pm, Scoot Inn)
Can't another brother remix these delicacies.
– Chase Hoffberger
Nine Canadian Loonies
Boats (Wed., 8:25pm, Tap Room at Six)
If Modest Mouse and Danielson Famile made a Winnipeg baby.
Hot Panda (Fri., 10pm, Jaime's)
Weirdo lo-fi indie rock from Edmonton, birthplace of Michael J. Fox.
Delhi 2 Dublin (Wed., 12am, Copa)
"Celtic Punjabi fusion" from Vancouver. Thanks, globalization!
Jets Overhead (Wed., 12mid, Maggie Mae's)
Victoria, BC: sponsors of your next emo Twilight film soundtrack.
Hollerado (Friday, 11pm, Paradise)
Adorably earnest, herby indie.
The Saffron Sect (Fri., 10pm, Habana Calle 6 Patio)
Coming to a RenFest near you. They probably drink mead in their tour caravan.
Hey Rosetta! (Fri., 8pm, Paradise)
Garage rock + cello! Viva Jeff Buckley!
The Deep Dark Woods (Fri., 12mid, Paradise)
Everyone from Saskatchewan is a lumberjack, right? This must be the soundtrack.
Voivod (Wed., 8:45pm, Austin Music Hall; Wed., 12:15am, Red 7 Patio)
Heavy metal Quebecois carry on after the death of frontman Denis D'Amour. – Melanie Haupt