Abe Vigoda, La Roux and Think About Life Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Abe Vigoda, La Roux and Think About Life Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
With this weekend being a long one in most of Canada, it's a pretty sweet time to get out there and hit up some shows. After all, that extra recovery day can do wonders. So to help you make the most of your extended weekend, we've dug though the mass of concert listings to give the best bets for a little live action in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

Vancouver

Thursday, July 30
If you've yet to visit the new Rickshaw Theatre, here's a great excuse to check it out. Eight bands for five bucks, and included on the bill are World Club, who were easily the most exciting new Vancity band at the recent Music Waste fest.

World Club
War Babys
Peace
Phonecalls
Modern Creatures
Stamina Mantis
Katastroyka
N.213
$5 at Rickshaw Theatre

Friday, July 31
With the stifling heat wave overtaking the city, the tropical freak punk of Abe Vigoda is a perfect match.

Abe Vigoda
Talbot Tagora
$12 at Media Club

Saturday, August 1
For many, veteran Texan troubadour Alejandro Escovedo is a legend, and for good reason. It also doesn't hurt that his latest album, Real Animal, is downright awesome. Hell, we even gave it the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence.

Alejandro Escovedo
$22 at Red Room

Toronto

Thursday, July 30
If you've been following Exclaim! the last few months, you'll know we're big fans of the folks in the Rural Alberta Advantage. But, seriously, there's no reason not to be.

the Rural Alberta Advantage
Hooded Fang
The Wilderness of Manitoba
$12 at the Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, July 31
Fresh off a Mercury Prize nomination, La Roux is once again coming through town. Last chance to check out this flame-haired Brit before she moves up to stadium status.

La Roux
$12 at El Mocambo

Saturday, August 1
Okay, we weren't big fans of Mama, I'm Swollen, but we're willing to give Cursive another shot. They just better play some Ugly Organ stuff.

Cursive
$15.50 at Horseshoe Tavern

Montreal

Thursday, July 30
Following the recent release of Sahalee, North of America offshoot the Got to Get Got are taking their fast-paced, guitar-driven jam sessions on the road. And if they're anything like they are on record, we're in for some pure pop goodness.

The Got To Get Got
Germans
The Magic
$8 advance/$10 door at Il Motore

Saturday, July 31
Doing a hometown show to celebrate the recently put-to-tape Family, Think About Life bring the spring-loaded, cut-and-paste ruckus, which now has a bit of distance between it and that noise made by the likes of Liars and Animal Collective.

Think About Life
DD/MM/YYYY
$15 at Théâtre L'Olympia de Montréal

Sunday, August 1
Okay, it's the Franz and, yes, Tonight wasn't the total bomb. But the Scots aren't pop superstars for nothing.

Franz Ferdinand
$35-$40 at Metropolis