Black Milk, Memoryhouse, Rich Aucoin and the Black Keys Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Black Milk, Memoryhouse, Rich Aucoin and the Black Keys Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you're looking for a way to spend the awkward not-really-winter but not-quite-spring-yet time that is upon us Canadians, may we suggest you head out and catch a couple shows. Exclaim! has compiled a list of this week's Can't Miss Concerts for music fans in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, March 8
Nick Thorburn has made his presence known in the Canadian music scene as part of the Unicorns and Human Highway, then impressed us in his supergroup Mister Heavenly. But now he's back to fronting Islands, who just released A Sleep & A Forgetting last month. Islands will be promoting the new record at their Thursday evening gig in Vancouver. Idiot Glee, the one-man project of Lexington, KY's James Friley will open.

Idiot Glee
$20 at Rio Theatre

Friday, March 9
Making electronic music for people to dance to, Lazer Sword consists of Low Limit and Lando Kal. They claim that their music sounds like "surfing down the side of the volcano," which is enough to intrigue us. The duo will be sharing the bill with Salva and Nguzunguzu.

Lazer Sword
$TBA at the Waldorf Hotel

Saturday, March 10
Dream pop duo Memoryhouse just released their debut LP The Slideshow Effect on Sub Pop and will be playing a Canadian date in support of the new record at Vancouver's Waldorf Hotel. Seattle indie popsters Sea Pony are set to open for Memoryhouse, kicking off a night of delightful indie music.

Sea Pony
$10 at the Waldorf Hotel


Thursday, March 8
Haligonian indie pop virtuoso Rich Aucoin will continue touring We're All Dying to Live with an early stop in Calgary Thursday evening. Known for turning concerts into colourful dance parties, it's hard to imagine this gig not being fun. If you're looking for something to spruce up your boring Thursday night, then definitely head to the HiFi Club to watch Aucoin start the party. Writer's Strike will open.

Rich Aucoin
Writer's Strike
$12 at the HiFi Club

Sunday, March 11
Maynard James Keenan has attracted a large following for his work with Tool and A Perfect Circle, but he is currently supporting the latest from his more experimental, comedy-tinged project Puscifer. Conditions of My Parole was released in fall 2011 and fans won't want to miss the new material when Keenan plays Calgary on Sunday night.

$40 to $60 at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium


Thursday, March 8
Not many rappers can say that they've collaborated with Jack White, but fellow Detroit native Black Milk impressed many when he did just that last year. He's coming to Toronto this weekend with a full live backing band, so this should be a hip-hop show to remember.

Black Milk
$15 at the Great Hall

Saturday, March 10
San Francisco psychedelic indie rockers Young Prisms are set to release their sophomore album In Between on March 26, but if you're in Toronto, you can check them out before that. They'll be bringing their fuzzy California pop to the Drake hotel on Saturday night, which is the perfect chance to catch some of the new tunes before the album drops.

Young Prisms
$15 at Drake Hotel

Tuesday, March 13
South Dakota-based indie songstress EMA (aka Erika M. Anderson) has been busy raking in critical praise from all over, and now she's taking her raved-about music on tour. She released Past Life Martyred Saints back in 2011 and will be supporting it when she hits the Garrison in Toronto on Tuesday evening. Vancouver punks Nü Sensae will be opening the show, providing some loudness to match EMA's noisy folk style.

Nü Sensae
$13.50 at the Garrison


Friday, March 9
Beloved Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson released his solo record Provincial at the beginning of the year, and he's now taking it on the road with the Provincial Band. It should be an awesome showcase of Canadian talent, with uber-talented musician Shotgun Jimmie filling the opening slot.

John K. Samson
Shotgun Jimmie
$18 advance, $20 door at La Sala Rossa

Saturday, March 10
Montreal indie rockers Plants and Animals just put out their third LP The End of That and will be gracing the stage at Cabaret Mile End in their hometown on Saturday night. Sure to deliver some new tunes, as well as favourites from their past two records, the band will be joined on the bill by Swedish-Canadian group Thus: Owls.

Plants and Animals
Thus: Owls
$17 at Cabaret Mile End

Tuesday, March 13
Closing out the week in concerts, Akron, OH bluesy duo the Black Keys will be playing at the Bell Centre. After blowing up with their record Brothers a couple years back, the band dropped El Camino at the end of 2011 and are continuing to pack big venues. If that's not enough, British rockers Arctic Monkeys are in the support slot, making for a night of huge, anthemic stadium rock.

The Black Keys
Arctic Monkeys
$53 to $68 at Bell Centre