Boris, Portishead, Frank Turner and CANT Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Boris, Portishead, Frank Turner and CANT Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you're having trouble narrowing down which shows to check out this weekend, don't worry. We've selected the best bets for concerts in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, October 20
Progressive Vancouver duo the Zolas will be taking the stage in their hometown at the Electric Owl this weekend for what is sure to be an energetic and engaging set. Support will be provided by poppy Winnipeg rockers the Liptonians and singer Marta McKeever.

The Zolas
The Liptonians
Marta McKeever
$15 at Electric Owl

Friday, October 21
Fans will no doubt be flocking to see Death Cab for Cutie at the Rogers Arena on Friday night. Still touring on the power of this year's Codes and Keys, they will be sharing the bill with the Hold Steady. Headliners in their own right, Minnesota Twins-worshipping frontman Craig Finn and the band will no doubt put on a raucous opening set for the tamer, more mellow DCFC performance.

Death Cab for Cutie
The Hold Steady
$25 to $49.50 at Rogers Arena

Monday, October 24
Having already passed through Toronto and Montreal, influential trip-hoppers Portishead will be carrying on their tour with Thought Forms in Vancouver early next week. We all know Mondays suck, but this concert is sure to brighten up the start of your week, or at least make you feel super moody in the best way possible.

Thought Forms
$55 at PNE Forum


Thursday, October 20
Folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner released his fourth solo album England Keep My Bones back in June, and he'll be bringing his unique singer-songwriter style to Calgary on Thursday. Not to be confused with the former President of the United States, Andrew Jackson Jihad will be sharing the opening act role with Chicago's Into It. Over It, promising a fantastic night of live music.

Frank Turner
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Into It. Over It
$17 at the Republik

Friday, October 21
British grindcore veterans Napalm Death have a new album scheduled to be released in 2012, but until then, you can check them out live in Calgary this weekend.

Napalm Death
$17 at Distillery Public House


Thursday, October 20
If hip-hop's your thing, make sure you don't miss out on Wrongbar tonight. California rapper Murs will be headlining and no doubt performing tracks off his recently released seventh album Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation. Multi-talented director, designer and rapper Tabi Bonney will be providing support.

Tabi Bonney
$18 at Wrongbar

Friday, October 21
When he's not producing records for his own band Grizzly Bear or other high-profile artists like Twin Shadow, Chris Taylor is making music and touring under the moniker CANT. CANT's debut Dreams Come True just came out last month, so now is the perfect time to catch him in Toronto. Here We Go Magic have previously toured with Grizzly Bear, so it makes sense that the group's frontman Luke Temple will be sharing the bill. Dev Hynes, formerly of Test Icicles and Lightspeed Champion, is going by Blood Orange these days and will also be kicking things off.

Luke Temple
Blood Orange
$14 advance, $16 door at the Garrison

Sunday, October 23
Japanese group Boris have been around for a while now, and with a sound that ranges from metal to dream pop, they are guaranteed to put on an exciting and unique live show. They put out a whopping three albums this year, so there's not shortage of new material to share with Sunday night's crowd. Asobi Seksu will be opening the night's show with their brand of dreamy shoegaze pop.

Asobi Seksu
$18 advance, $20 door at Lee's Palace


Thursday, October 20
John Dwyer's ever-evolving project Thee Oh Sees will be bringing their experimental garage pop to Montreal this weekend. The California four-piece released Castlemania this spring and are already back with a new LP Carrion Crawler/The Dream on November 15, so perhaps crowds will be treated to some new tracks. Supporting bands are Demon's Claws and the Men.

Thee Oh Sees
Demon's Claws
The Men $18 advance, $20 door at Cabaret Mile End

Friday, October 21
Edmonton electro-punks Shout Out Out Out Out will surely get the audience dancing. Genre-bending duo Freedom or Die and Tyler K. Rauman's project Super Fossil Power will be opening the night with equally energetic sets.

Shout Out Out Out Out
Freedom or Die
Super Fossil Power $10 advance, $13 door at Club Lambi

Saturday, October 22
Following the show in Toronto, Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor will be bringing his project CANT to Montreal. Luke Temple and Blood Orange will be supporting him for the Montreal show, as well.

Luke Temple
Blood Orange
$15 advance, $18 door at Cabaret Mile End