Battles, Lil Wayne, Fleet Foxes and YACHT Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Battles, Lil Wayne, Fleet Foxes and YACHT Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Another week full of concerts is upon us. Check out this week's Can't Miss Concerts to see what your best concert bets are for Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, April 28
Vancouverites should be pleased to know that their Sun Wizard are throwing an LP release party in celebration of the catchy riffs and hooks of Positively 4th Avenue, their new album. The punk assault of Slam Dunk and the straight-ahead rock attack of the High Drops should get even more bang for your ten bucks.

Sun Wizard
Slam Dunk
The High Drops
$10 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, April 29 / Saturday, April 30
Robin Pecknold and Fleet Foxes are eager to play some of the folking brilliant new tunes of their sophomore album, Helplessness Blues. Three-part harmonies, Pecknold's haunting voice and sing-alongs to "White Winter Hymnal" are all but guaranteed, so you had best not miss out if you can get in the door.

Fleet Foxes
$32.50 (SOLD OUT) at the Vogue Theatre

Saturday, April 30
Merrill Garbus, or tUnE-yArDs, is poised to test out a new set of dazzling, experimental lo-fi tunes from her great new album, whokill, at the Biltmore Cabaret. Even if her last album underwhelmed you, you may find yourself changing your tune once you get a load of these new tracks live.

Buke & Gass
$14 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, April 28
Tokyo Police Club are continuing their conquest of Western Canada inside Calgary's Republik Nightclub. Their weapons of choice? Quick-as-hell guitar riffs, catchy choruses and good English. In addition to memorable songs from Champ, their most recent album, you can expect Dinosaur Bones and Said the Whale to kick the night off in style.

Tokyo Police Club
Said the Whale
Dinosaur Bones
$24.50 at Republik Nightclub

Friday, April 29
Rap superstar Lil Wayne and his killer rhymes are making a rare appearance in Calgary at the Saddledome. Besides the genius hip-hop that fuelled Tha Carter III, fans can expect him to unload some older favourites and several new tracks from Tha Carter IV, which is due out in June -- we hope. Oh, and peep those killer openers.

Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Rick Ross
Travis Barker and Mixmaster Mike
$39.75 to $119.75 at the Scotiabank Saddledome

Saturday, April 30
Indie rock legends the Pixies are on a quest to spread Doolittle across the world once again, more than 20 years after the classic album first came out. Fans at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium will be the latest to get pulverized by favourites like "Debaser," "Wave of Mutilation" and "Here Comes Your Man."

The Pixies
$39.50 to $79.50 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium


Thursday, April 28
Fans of brainy acoustic guitar songs driven by clear conceptual force should hurry themselves down to the Horseshoe to check out the Acorn. Those familiar with the Ottawa-based band will recognize tunes from No Ghost, their most recent album, while newcomers may discover the charms of a hardworking band that have been at it relentlessly since the early 2000s.

The Acorn
$10 advance, $14 door at the Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, April 29
Torontonian math rock fans can rejoice now that Battles are returning with Gloss Drop. In fact, fans can rejoice even more since they are going to be playing those new songs, along with solid holdovers like "Atlas," at the Mod Club. The fact that Holy Fuck DJs are coming along for the ride as well is just gravy.

Holy Fuck DJs
$15 advance, $18 door (SOLD OUT) at the Mod Club

Monday, May 2
With YACHT having a new album on the way and an already killer live show, we're extra pumped for this. If you too want to hear what the duo have in store with Shangri-La, you're highly advised to check this one out.

$16 at Lee's Palace


Thursday, April 28 / Friday, April 29 / Saturday, April 30 / Sunday, May 1
Godspeed You! Black Emperor just finished filling Toronto with the epic sounds of their lushly orchestrated songs, and now it's Montreal's turn. If the band's four-gig tour de force at Lee's Palace was any indication, there will probably be a lot of skinny fists up in the air during their hometown run.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
$12 (SOLD OUT) at Corona Theatre (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) / L'Olympia (Sunday)

Saturday, April 30
After getting a boost from her stint with Jack White and the Dead Weather, Alison Mosshart has put her focus back on the Kills, with Jamie Hince, her partner in crime. If you've been frothing at the mouth to get your ass kicked live by new songs from their recently pressed Blood Pressures record, wait no more.

The Kills
Cold Cave
The Entrance Band
$22 advance, $25 door at L'Olympia

Monday, May 1
YACHT are paying Il Motore a visit right before they hustle their way down to Toronto. Montreal fans will be the first to get a heavy dose of the act's experimental and always fun take on electronic wackiness, while Brooklyn's gothy Light Asylum and L.A.'s Bobby Birdman should progress into YACHT's performance in a satisfying and logical way.

Light Asylum
Bobby Birdman
$15 advance, $17 door at Il Motore