Arcade Fire, Summer Slaughter, Crystal Castles and Polvo Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Arcade Fire, Summer Slaughter, Crystal Castles and Polvo Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As is our Thursday tradition, we have dug through the mass of Canadian concert listings to give you Exclaim!'s Can't Miss Concerts, our weekly concert guide for Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton. Here's what we deem your best concert bets.

Vancouver

Thursday, August 12
As usual, the Honey has roped in a pretty sweet Thursday night lineup. This time it's Texan weird pop peddlers Yellow Fever, along with Animal Bodies, Kellarissa and Certain Breeds.

Yellow Fever
Animal Bodies
Kellarissa
Certain Breeds
$8 at Honey Lounge

Friday, August 13
Brooklyn-based outfit Dinosaur Feathers are bringing their world-inspired, tropics-obsessed jams to the Cobalt. Listening Party and Lonnie Walker lend some opening support.

Dinosaur Feathers
Listening Party
Lonnie Walker
$8 at Cobalt

Saturday, August 14
If you're looking for a night of weird punk/pop, you'd be well advised to head down to Goodie, where Vancity's Nü Sensae and Walter TV are teaming up with Montreal's Pop Winds and Grimes.

Nü Sensae
Pop Winds
Grimes
Walter TV
$TBA at Goodie (alley behind Hawks and Hastings)

Calgary

Thursday, August 12
Montreal's Grimes will bring their out-there noise pop to Calgary's Marquee Room as part of their cross-Canada tour. The spacey sounds will fit perfectly with local weird pop enthusiasts Lab Coast.

Grimes
Lab Coast
$TBA at Marquee Room

Saturday, August 14
Travis frontman Fran Healy is taking a break from fronting a Britpop band to helm a Britpop solo project. Playing cuts from his solo debut Wreckorder, Healy will perform at Calgary's Theatre Junction Grand.

Fran Healy
$29.50 at Theatre Junction Grand

Monday, August 16
While the thought of seeing ten of metal's most exciting current bands is something you'd usually want on a weekend, think of the possibilities when they blast out the jams after a gruelling Monday at work. The Calgary stop of the Summer Slaughter Tour, including headliners Decapitated, will kick off your week with an endless dose of aggression.

Decapitated
The Faceless
All Shall Perish
Veil of Maya
Decrepit Birth
Cephalic Carnage
Animals As Leaders
The Red Chord
Carnifex
Vital Remains
$TBA at Republik

Edmonton

Saturday, August 14
Aging stars Blondie bring their new wave anthems to the River Cree Casino, just outside of Edmonton. While we have no idea if they "still got it," the curious among you should definitely investigate.

Blondie
$49.50 at River Cree Casino

Sunday, August 15
Following his Calgary performance, Travis frontman Fran Healy will play selections from his solo debut Wreckorder at Edmonton's Starlite Room. Fans of Travis will be hard-pressed for a more intimate setting to catch the UK singer.

Fran Healy
$TBA at The Starlite Room

Tuesday, August 17
After Healy lulls them with his Britpop melodies, the staff at the Starlite Room will be in for a shock with the sonic intensity of the Summer Slaughter Tour taking over the next night. The travelling revue features some of the biggest names in modern metal, including headliners Decapitated.

Decapitated
The Faceless
All Shall Perish
Veil of Maya
Decrepit Birth
Cephalic Carnage
Animals As Leaders
The Red Chord
Carnifex
Vital Remains

$TBA at The Starlite Room

Toronto

Thursday, August 13
Guitar acrobats Polvo are back on the road and they've roped in some pretty sweet opening support with Merge labelmates Versus. Yep, it's '90s nostalgia but we'll take it.

Polvo
Versus
$16.50 at Lee's Palace

Saturday, August 14
If you missed those surprise shows, then you don't want to miss this: Arcade Fire will be taking over Toronto's Olympic Island and filling it with the sounds of The Suburbs. We're betting this one gets filed under "legendary."  

Arcade Fire
Janelle Monáe
The Sadies
$47.50 at Toronto Olympic Island

Sunday, August 15
West coast garage punker Ty Segall is bringing his sweet pop noise out east. Get set for a whole lot of lo-fi racket.

Ty Segall
$TBA at Parts And Labour (1566 Queen St. W.)

Montreal

Thursday, August 12
Despite Beach Fossils no longer being on the bill, Javelin and Warpaint still make this a show not to be missed. Even though Javelin's No Más got a bit of a raw deal from the critics this year, that record is still going down nicely here, and getting a taste live can only be a good thing.

Javelin
Warpaint
$15 at La Sala Rossa

Saturday, August 14
Following a Toronto show, Polvo are bringing their crazy guitar antics to Montreal and they have Versus there to lend some great opening support.

Polvo
Versus
$15 (advance)/$17 (door) at La Sala Rossa

Monday, August 9
Finally, the Hard Tour is making it's way to Montreal. Leading this stop will be Canadian electro faves Crystal Castles, who top a bill made up of Rusko, Destructo and Sinden.

Crystal Castles
Rusko
Destructo
Sinden
$26.68 at Metropolis