Chromeo, Ween, Braids, and Lauryn Hill Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Chromeo, Ween, Braids, and Lauryn Hill Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Exclaim!'s Can't Miss Concerts is back with another exciting week of concert listings. From Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal, we have a list of concerts that will have you taking part in everything from punk rock sing-alongs to electro-funk dance parties. Here's what we think will keep you loving life during this spell of winter.


Friday, January 21
Twin Crystals, who received the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence for their self-titled album, are bringing out their dark synth punk for a hometown show in Vancouver. With a bill including fellow Vancouver lo-fi rockers Bummer High, Beach Demon and Bertha Cool, this will definitely be a show that fulfills that basement punk rock spirit.

Twin Crystals
Bummer High
Beach Demon
Bertha Cool
$10 at Funky Winker Bean's

Saturday, January 22
Stellar live act and poli-punk trio the Thermals are making only one stop in Canada during their Pacific Northwest tour in support of their recent album, Personal Life. Playing the Media Club in Vancouver, West Coast music enthusiasts are in for a boisterously spirited night, filled with fist-pumping and spurring sing-alongs, just check out our review of their recent Toronto show to know what kind of excitement you're in for.

The Thermals
$15 at the Media Club

Monday, January 24
Vancouver Ween fans are in for a real treat, not only are the band planning on recording their 12th studio album to finally follow up 2007's La Cucaracha, but they are also kicking off their West Coast tour with only one Canadian date in Vancouver. Ween will undoubtedly swoon the hearts of their many diehard fans with their quirky and bizarre charm, as well as that Boognish dude.

$39.50 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre


Thursday, January 20
Take the Jon Cohen Experiment time machine and blast back to the '70s with the one-man progressive blend of psychedelic pop rock. The former Dears member will be sure to entrance everyone into a psychedelic daze with his experimental use of projections, electronic loops and mysterious orchestral live act. Support comes from Raleigh and Axis of Conversation.

The Jon Cohen Experiment
Axis of Conversation
$6 at Broken City

Friday, January 21
Get ready to scream in terror and excitement, balaclava-clad horror-themed punk rockers the Browns are here to rock you until you scream. Support will be provided by garage rockers, Moby Dicks and power-pop punks Throwaways. This show will definitely have your head banging and your ears ringing.

The Browns
Moby Dicks
$8 at Broken City

Saturday, January 22
Past Exclaim! cover artist and Polaris Music Prize nominee Hannah Georgas will be delivering her pop goodness in Calgary this Saturday. Having recently delivered her feel-good poppy warmth all around the world, make sure to catch her while you can.

Hannah Georgas
$15 to $25 at the Gateway


Saturday, January 22
Once every few years, there comes a time when fans are graced with the lyrically talented but rare presence of Lauryn Hill. Well, that time is now and Hill's Toronto followers are set for an opportunity to see the legend herself before she once again slips back into reclusion. But we hope you already have your tickets because the show is sold out.

Lauryn Hill
$59.50 at the Sound Academy

Saturday, January 22 / Sunday, January 23
Get your dancing shoes and party hats on because electro-funk duo Chromeo are going to get the party started this Saturday and Sunday at the Opera House. Support is provided by MNDR and Young Empires. The Saturday show is all sold out but you can still get tickets for Sunday. These shows will keep you funkin' and groovin' all night long.

Young Empires
$33.25 at the Opera House


Thursday, January 20
The incredibly hyped Braids are playing a hometown show in support of their brand new debut full-length Native Speaker. These experimental popsters will send you through a surreal and euphoric adventure that will leave you with goosebumps and a smile.

The Pop Winds
Long Long Long
$7 advance, $10 door at La Sala Rossa

Friday, January 21
Electro-funk duo Chromeo are going to turn their hometown crowd into a non-stop funk and groove frenzy this Friday. With support provided by MNDR and Young Empires, this show will definitely keep the notorious Montreal electro crowd a buzz all weekend.

Young Empires
$25.50 advance, $28 door at Metropolis

Sunday, January 23
If you're a Lauryn Hill fan in Montreal or you simply couldn't get tickets in Toronto, you're in for a rare opportunity to see the hip-hop legend herself. Catch her live act while you can before she plays Coachella this summer.

Lauryn Hill
$51.75 to $56.55 at Metropolis