Brasstronaut, PS I Love You, Talib Kweli and Deer Tick Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Brasstronaut, PS I Love You, Talib Kweli and Deer Tick Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
The summer months are looming ahead, and plenty of bands are on the road and on their way to venues across the country. With concert listings filling up, it can be tough to pick and choose which tickets to spring for, so check out our selection of this week's Can't Miss Concerts in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal to help you narrow down your search.


Thursday, May 31
Before he was signed to Seattle-based label Sublime Frequencies, Syrian musician Omar Souleyman was making a name for himself in his own country by selling recordings of his wedding performances. Since then, he's toured the globe, gracing stages from Austin to Glastonbury, and collaborating with artists like Gorillaz and Björk. He'll be bringing his brand of traditional Middle Eastern songs to the Biltmore this Thursday.

Omar Souleyman
$18 and up at The Biltmore Cabaret

  Friday, June 1
On the latest stop of their latest North American tour, Arkells will be delivering two live performances in Vancouver -- one show at the Vogue Theatre on Friday and another, more intimate acoustic set at Zulu Records on West Fourth earlier that evening. The free record store performance is one of several that the band are offering on their cross-country jaunt.

The Maine
$23.50 at Vogue Theatre

Saturday, June 2
Jazz-inspired indie rockers Brasstronaut are kicking off a Canadian tour with a handful of West Coast shows, including one in their hometown of Vancouver at the Rio Theatre. Despite frontman Edo Van Breeman's impending date with a Swiss jail cell, the band are set to travel across the country with their newest release Mean Sun in tow.

$15 at Rio Theatre


Friday, June 1
Rhode Island rock outfit Deer Tick will be stepping north of the border for some Canadian shows this month, in the midst of their latest transcontinental tour. The band are on the road following the release of their newest full-length album, Divine Providence, as well as an EP that dropped earlier this year called Tim. They'll be taking the stage following openers the Novaks and Turbo Fruits.

Deer Tick
The Novaks
Turbo Fruits
$22.50 at The Gateway

Saturday, June 2
Nova Scotian songwriter and banjo-strummer Old Man Luedecke is on the road for a handful of Canadian dates, including an evening at Calgary's Palomino. The wise-beyond-his-years roots artist (and Juno winner) hasn't released an album since 2010's My Hand Are on Fire and Other Love Songs, but will be hitting the stage until his travels warp up in June.

Old Man Luedecke
Del Barber
$14/$16 at The Palomino


Friday, June 1
Consistently thought-provoking and critically praised, Brooklyn-raised MC Talib Kweli is set to drop another LP, Prisoner of Conscious, less than a year after his last record. Kweli, who can list Jay-Z as one of his many admirers, is currently on the road in support of last year's Gutter Rainbows, and shows no signs of slowing down in the months to come. He'll be in Toronto at the end of the week, before heading south.

Talib Kweli
$21.50 at Sound Academy

Friday, June 1
Former Constantines frontman Bry Webb will be kicking off a Canadian headlining stint on Friday, after touring as an opener for Feist at the end of 2011. The songs off Webb's latest solo effort, Provider, are a departure from the raucous tunes typical of his previous outfit, boasting minimalist arrangements and subtle instrumentation. Del Bel and Lisa Bozikovic will round out the bill at 918 Bathurst St.

Bry Webb
Del Bel
Lisa Bozikovic
$12 advance, $15 door at 918 Bathurst St.

Saturday, June 2
Country collaborators Jon Langford and the Sadies will be teaming up at the Horseshoe Tavern this weekend. The Mekons member has a selection of performances lined up over the summer, including stops in New York City and Calgary. On Saturday, Langford and the Sadies will be hitting the stage with Burlington Welsh Choir and Skull Orchard.

Jon Langford & His Sadies
Skull Orchard
Burlington Welsh Choir
$15 at Horseshoe Tavern


Saturday, June 2
In town for the tail end of their latest tour, PS I Love You will be showcasing tracks from their latest, Exclaim!-approved LP Death Dreams when they roll into town this weekend. According to guitarist Paul Saulnier, the night visions that inspired the album, and its ominous name, were a product of extensive touring. Perhaps being on the road will lend some added chills to their live act as well.

PS I Love You
Army Girls
Reversing Falls
$10.50 advance, $1 door at Il Motore

Monday, June 4
Swedish black metal band Marduk will be in Montreal to kick off the Canadian leg of their most recent world tour. The group have been travelling extensively since last fall, in support of their newest studio release, Serpent Sermon, which is set to drop later this year. It will be their second album in as many years, and with more summer dates set in South America and Europe, it seems like they won't be slowing down anytime soon.

TBD at Les Foufounes Electriques