DOOM, Fucked Up, Basia Bulat and Blue Skies Turn Black's Anniversary Parties Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

DOOM, Fucked Up, Basia Bulat and Blue Skies Turn Black's Anniversary Parties Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As is our Thursday tradition, we have dug through the mass of Canadian concert listings to give you Exclaim!'s Can't Miss Concerts, our weekly concert guide for Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton. Here's what we deem your best concert bets.


Friday, February 26
With all the in-your-face patriotic screams that the Olympics crowd have been blasting, you might be in need of something to help chill things out a bit. If so, you'd be wise to check out this rare North American show from British dubstepper Shackleton (of Skull Disco fame). Seriously, shit will get heady.

Daega Sound System
Michael Red
Dub Gnostic
$15 at Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, February 27
Following shows in Toronto and Montreal, Swedish pop princess El Perro Del Mar is finally making her way to Vancouver. Sweetening the deal is fellow countrywoman Taken By Trees.

El Perro Del Mar
Taken By Trees
$14 at Biltmore Cabaret

Monday, March 1
Sporting their "post-rock with Scottish charm," We Were Promised Jetpacks have crossed the Atlantic and are coming to town. It will be loud. It will be epic. And, oh yes, it will be emotional.

We Were Promised Jetpacks
The Lonely Forest
Bear Hands
$13 at Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, February 25
Despite this show already being postponed once and Mos Def suddenly being dropped from the bill, we can't help but be more than a little curious about this DOOM show. Like, will it really be DOOM, or simply be another dude in a DOOM mask yet once again? The promoters have promised to ID the rapper, so maybe we'll get a shot at the real deal. Either way, this is going to be an interesting one, folks.

$39.50 at Kool Haus

Friday, February 26
All right, a total no-brainer here: Fucked Up playing their entire Polaris Music Prize-winning The Chemistry of Common Life live and onstage. It doesn't get much better than that. Plus, lo-fi weirdo Kurt Vile is playing as well.

Fucked Up
Kurt Vile
The D'Ubervilles
$17.50 at the Opera House

Saturday, February 27
Out supporting his recent Flashmob full-length, French electro genius Vitalic is stopping through town. The guy doesn't get over here very often, so you'd be wise to check him out now, because it's likely going to be your only shot in ages.

$15 at Wrong Bar


Thursday, February 25
As part of Blue Skies Turn Black's ten-year anniversary party, the Besnard Lakes lead a killer show with Snailhouse, Shapes & Sizes and others. We're pumped and for good reason.

The Besnard Lakes
No Joy
Adam and the Amethysts
Little Scream (with Becky Foon)
Shapes & Sizes
The Besnard Lakes
$10 at Il Motore

Friday, February 26
Here's another great show as part of Blue Skies Turn Black's ten-year anniversary throw-down, this time including such acts as Black Feelings, Grand Trine and Ultrathin Tonstartssbandht. If you can't make it to this one, there's one more Blue Skies Turn Black party happening Saturday, with performances by the recently reunited North of America and Rockets Red Glare.

Black Feelings
Grand Trine
Ultrathin Tonstartssbandht
Special Noise
Homosexual Cops
$10 at Il Motore

Satuday February 27
Continuing on with their Canada-heavy tour, alt-country dad rockers Wilco treat Montreal to one of their always-great live shows. This is one the whole damn family can enjoy.

$38.50 (advance)/$25 (doors) Théâtre L'Olympia de Montréal


Thursday, February 25
Calgary punk trio Grown-Ups (who happen to include Exclaim! news scribe Josiah Hughes) have just released a brand new cassette, and are throwing a party at everyone's favourite hot dog joint. Free admission, and appearances from Friendo side-project Topless Mongos and the creepily monikered Black Death Boners.

Topless Mongos
Black Death Boners
FREE at Tubby Dog

Friday, February 26
Lethbridge buzz band Myelin Sheaths will be bringing the garage pop gems from their recent HoZac seven-inch to Calgary's Palomino. With support from local punks Topless Mongos and Tension Slips, this will be an Alberta rager for the ages.

Myelin Sheaths
Topless Mongos
Tension Slips
$10 at the Palomino

Tuesday, March 2
London, ON-based experimental folk songstress Basia Bulat will bring gems from her recent sophomore album Heart of My Own to Calgary's stunning Central United Church. With support from the equally interesting Katie Stelmanis, this will be much better than Taco Tuesday or whatever else you had planned.

Basia Bulat
Katie Stelmanis
$22 at Central United Church


Friday, February 25
Recently reunited Canadian indie icons By Divine Right continue their exploration of our fine country with a stop at Edmonton's Haven Social Club. Old and new fans alike should take advantage of this opportunity to see the band.

By Divine Right
Hale Hale
$TBA at Haven Social Club

Saturday, February 26
Calgary post-punk monsters Sharp Ends have been busy little beavers in the last few months, releasing three different seven-inches on different labels and working on their to-be-announced full-length debut. They'll bring their bleak jams to Edmonton's ARTery, and they'll enlist the help of a slew of their friends for a sure-to-be-epic evening.

Sharp Ends
Outdoor Miners
$TBA at the ARTery