Big Boi, Phoenix, Ryuichi Sakamoto and the Vaselines Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Big Boi, Phoenix, Ryuichi Sakamoto and the Vaselines 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.


Thursday, October 21
L.A.-based dubstep/glitch hip-hop DJ the Gaslamp Killer will play a co-headlining bill with electronic DJ Daedelus tonight at the Fortune Sound Club. It's guaranteed to get heady, as well as beat-y.

The Gaslamp Killer
12th Planet
$15 at the Fortune Sound Club

Friday, October 22
"Now party people in the club it's time to cut a rug" — that's because Big Boi will be playing the Vogue Theatre this Friday night. The Outkast rapper's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty has been released to acclaim from fans and critics alike, making this a show a definite can't miss. Kyprios of the politically minded Canadian hip-hop group Sweatshop Union, along with Vancouver's DJ Hedspin of Eh! Team DJs, will open up.

Big Boi
DJ Hedspin
$48 at the Vogue Theatre

Saturday, October 23
After a 20-year absence from the music scene, legendary Scottish indie pop rockers the Vaselines are making music again. In fact, they have recently released their new studio album Sex with an X. Check them out this Saturday at the Biltmore Cabaret with openers the Dum Dum Girls.

The Vaselines
Dum Dum Girls
$20 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, October 21
Dance punk enthusiasts You Say Party have seen a lot of changes happen in the last year, from the death of a beloved member to reworking the band name and adding new members. One thing is for sure, though: they're still committed to putting on a great indie rock show. And hey, this show is free!

You Say Party
The Latter Days
FREE at the Ship & Anchor

Friday, October 22
Catch the lo-fi garage rock of Fist City and the country twang of Miesha and the Spanks on stage at Broken City. The bands will appear at the kick-off party for the CJSW funding drive. Stop by for a good cause and good tunes.

Fist City
Miesha and the Spanks
$8 at Broken City

Saturday, October 23
Continuing on with the North American "Magical Properties" tour after a stop in Vancouver a couple of nights before, beat maker Gaslamp Killer will play a co-headlining bill with Daedelus at Calgary's Hifi Club.

The Gaslamp Killer
12th Planet
$15 at the Hifi Club


Friday, October 22
Two bands making waves in the Canadian indie pop/rock world have joined forces in a cross-Canada co-headlining tour. The talented Paper Lions headlining in Eastern Canada and the fantastic ten-piece outfit Library Voices taking over headlining duties in the West.

Library Voices
Paper Lions
Bend Sinister
$13 at the Avenue Theatre

Saturday, October 23
Indie folksters and Ottawa natives the Acorn will play the Starlite Room this Saturday. Their latest release, No Ghosts, sees the band add more of a harder electric sound to their catalogue. Opening support will be provided by Leif Vollebekk.

The Acorn
Leif Vollebekk
$15 at the Starlite Room

Tuesday, October 26
Owen Pallett is one of the most unique Canadian artists performing today. Formerly known as Final Fantasy, the Toronto native is a singer, composer, violinist and winner of the inaugural Polaris Music Prize for his 2006 album, He Poos Clouds. Catch him this coming Tuesday at the Myer Horowitz Theatre.

Owen Pallett
$20 at the Myer Horowitz Theatre


Thursday, October 21
American rockers Band of Horses will play the Kool Haus tonight in support of their latest musical effort, Infinite Arms. They will be joined by the Besnard Lakes and Jenny and Johnny, the new solo project of Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley.

Band of Horses
Jenny and Johnny
The Besnard Lakes
$27.50 advance/$35 door at the Kool Haus

Friday, October 22
Check out French sensations Phoenix this Friday at Ricoh Coliseum. Tokyo Police Club and Wavves will be there. And who knows? Maybe Daft Punk will show up.

Tokyo Police Club
$39.50 at Ricoh Coliseum

Saturday, October 23
Canadian indie rock quintet Stars will play Massey Hall this coming Saturday with opening help provided by Young Galaxy. The show is in support of Stars' The Five Ghosts, their first album to be released under their own independent label.

Young Galaxy
$29.50 at Massey Hall


Thursday, October 21
Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) will bring his experimental electronic sounds to the Just For Laughs Cabaret tonight in Montreal, with opening support provided by Jon Hopkins.

Four Tet
Jon Hopkins
$20 at Just For Laughs Cabaret

Friday, October 22
Catch legendary musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto play Theatre Outremont. The Academy Award-winning Sakamoto's 2009 album Out of Noise is one of his most ambitious projects to date, exploring the relationship between noise and music that has always fascinated the composer. Add in the beautiful sister album, Playing the Piano, and this is a definite can't miss. [Note: Sakamoto will also be playing Toronto on October 24 and in Vancouver on November 1.]

Ryuichi Sakamoto
$28.50 at Theatre Outremont

Saturday, October 23
The Books will hit the stage this Saturday at Cabaret Mile-End in Montreal. The left-field duo have recently released the LP The Way Out and will be joined by openers the Black Heart Procession.

The Books
The Black Heart Procession