Published May 12, 2016This week's Can't Miss Concerts, from May 12 to 18, covers the relentless Viking Metal of Amon Amarth, the vintage soul sounds of Tanika Charles and everything in between. Read on to see our picks for the best shows this week and check out our complete Concert Listings to see what we've missed.
Fresh off a run of shows through Quebec and Ontario in support of their first concept album, Jomsviking, Amon Amarth are bringing their bone-crushing brand of Viking Metal to the Prairies. Concertgoers can expect tales of swords, sorcery and vengeance; Valhalla awaits at the dates listed below.
05/12/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Center
05/13/2016 Saskatoon, SK – O'Brian's Event Centre
05/14/2016 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
05/16/2016 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Boasting a blend of Sabbathian guitar hooks and airy psychedelia, Black Mountain made a name for themselves by producing some of the best stoner rock of the 2000s. Now they're back on the road in support of IV, their first album in six years. Check them out at one of the venues below.
05/15/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid
05/17/2016 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina
05/18/2016 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
Cate Le Bon
After putting out one of the most sublimely weird records of the year so far in Crab Day, Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon is bringing her off-kilter guitar pop stylings to Canadian audiences this summer. Le Bon promises "a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up" — not a bad way to spend a Thursday night.
05/12/2016 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Fans looking for a burst of classic soul, look no further than Tanika Charles. The Edmonton-born, Toronto-based songstress emulates the greats with a modern twist on her new LP, Soul Run. For those who never made it to the Apollo in the '60s and '70s, one of these dates might be the next best thing.
05/12/2016 Montreal, QC – Le Belmont
05/14/2016 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
05/15/2016 Kingston, ON – The Mansion
05/17/2016 Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry
05/18/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will
After a series of tune-up shows in April, Toronto post-punks Greys are pulling out all the stops back home in celebration of the release of Outer Heaven, their blistering sophomore LP. If you've been aching to break out the Doc Martens and mosh, this show is for you.
05/13/2016 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
Calgary indie rockers Lab Coast have been around since 2008, but their new album, Remember the Moon, proves that the band's trademark laid-back sound is still unmatched as a form of stress release. It's perfect auditory therapy for those still thawing from the winter in Winnipeg this week.
05/14/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Handsome Daughter
Lil Uzi Vert
After being forced to postpone his show in March due to health issues, Lil Uzi Vert returns to Vancouver this Saturday (May 14) for an evening of pulsating hip-hop bangers from his new full-length, Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World. Fans of space-age trap beats and Travis Scott-style Auto-Tune acrobatics should look no further.
05/14/2016 Vancouver, BC – Alexander
The Pack A.D.
Vancouver garage rock royalty the Pack A.D. are back out on the road in support of an as-yet unnamed upcoming LP. The duo of drummer Maya Miller and singer/guitarist Becky Black have a long history of doing a lot with a little, electrifying audiences with their booming drums and relentless riffage for over a decade now. See what the fuss is about at one of their hometown dates below.
05/12/2016 Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
05/13/2016 Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
After a five-year hiatus, Royce 5'9" has come out with guns blazing in 2016. He's already put out one album this year (Layers) and plans to release another, titled Book of Ryan. At this rate, this may be your last chance to see the Detroit MC before his setlist is filled entirely with new material.
05/12/2016 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
05/13/2016 Kingston, ON – Overtime Sports Bar and Grill
05/14/2016 Montreal, QC – Le Belmont
05/15/2016 Waterloo, ON – Starlight Social Club
05/16/2016 London, ON – Grinning Gator Bar and Grill
05/17/2016 Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theatre
On her last album, 2015's Abyss, Los Angeles singer-songwriter blended the sublime with the sinister, to spellbinding effect. Fusing gothic folk with elements of metal, noise rock and drone, Wolfe's live sets have everything but optimism. Indulge your inner darkness at one of the dates below.
05/16/2016 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
05/17/2016 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
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