El-P, Bison B.C., Hidden Cameras and Fiona Apple Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

El-P, Bison B.C., Hidden Cameras and Fiona Apple Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
With the long weekend on the horizon, this week's can't miss concerts are a great way to pass some spare time and catch one of the many acts making their way across the country. Take advantage of an extra day off, and check out which must-see artists will be making stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal over the next couple days.


Thursday, June 28
After releasing their much-anticipated debut EP earlier this year, Toronto outfit Young Empires have embarked on a North American tour to promote their brand of danceable, percussive indie pop. Seven tracks deep, the decidedly effervescent Wake All My Youth has all the makings of a true breakout release, and should effectively deliver every audience member to their respective "happy places." Hometown electro outfit Gang Signs will be on hand to warm up the crowd.

Young Empires
Gang Signs
$15 advance, $18 door at the Biltmore Cabaret

  Friday, June 29
Just over a month ago, Vancouver's own Apollo Ghosts dropped the follow-up to 2010's Mount Benson, an album that earned the group a spot on the long list for that year's Polaris Music Prize and a place in the collective consciousness of the city's music critics. Landmark, their most recent LP, builds on the lo-fi power pop developed on their earlier releases, with well-crafted tunes that will undoubtedly be all the more potent in a live setting.

Apollo Ghosts
Dog Day
$7 at the Waldorf Hotel

Monday, July 2
Entrepreneurial rapper and label head El-P returned from the studio with a new album last month, the collaborative and experimental effort Cancer for Cure. The release got the Exclaim! stamp of approval, with appearances by artists as diverse as Interpol's Paul Banks and Killer Mike, and a synth-y, futuristic edge well suited to the Brooklynite's Orwellian lyrics. Despot, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Killer Mike will round out the evening, making this one hell of a bill.

Killer Mike
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
$20 at Fortune Sound Club


Saturday, June 30
After touring heavily throughout North America in 2011, Vancouver metal act Bison B.C. will hit the road for a trio of shows this week, swinging by Calgary's Republik for their second date. It's been over two years since the release of the band's last full-length, 2010's Dark Ages (which earned a spot in Exclaim!'s list of that year's top metal albums), but their catalogue of tried and true material should be all that's necessary to get concertgoers partying, before heading north to wrap up their mini-tour in Edmonton.

Bison B.C.
Chron Goblin
Outlaws of Ravenhurst
$16 at Republik


Thursday, June 28
Nu-disco purveyors Scissor Sisters will be in town this week, bringing with them their signature brand of infectious, glam-infused dance pop. The band continued to deliver party-starting beats on their May release, Magic Hour (expertly hawked by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on their website), and will be joined by equally upbeat Baltimore hip-hop artist Rye Rye.

Scissor Sisters
$32.50 at Sound Academy

Friday, June 29
Wrapping up an eight-date Canadian tour, alt-roots project Fiver will make an appearance, along with U.S. Girls, at the Silver Dollar Room this Friday. Frontwoman Simone Schmidt, known for her work with One Hundred Dollars and Cooles and Downes, announced the band's formation back in May, and their first single dropped shortly thereafter, on June 15. Be ready to hear the alt-country stylings of One Hundred Dollars fused with genres ranging from psych to grunge.

U.S. Girls
Nordic Nomadic
$8 at the Silver Dollar Room

Sunday, July 1
At the tail end of their first Canadian tour since 2009, Toronto indie pop collective Hidden Cameras will be in town to play a free show at the Harbourfront Centre, as part of the city's Canada Day celebrations. Over the course of the weekend, acts like hip-hop genre-benders the Airplane Boys, Johnny Clegg and Zaki Ibrahim will take the stage as part of the festivities.

The Hidden Cameras
Free at Enwave Theatre/Harbourfront Centre


Friday, June 29
Once again, Scissor Sisters will be teaming up with Rye Rye, but this time the show at Montreal's L'Olympia will be open to all ages. Kicking off the weekend on a high note, the inclusive audience can expect the same danceable beats and party-ready hip-hop tracks delivered in Toronto the night before.

Scissor Sisters
Rye Rye
$27.50 advance, $30 door at L'Olympia

Saturday, June 30
Hometown indie favourites Parlovr return to the city, completing a series of shows that included stops at SXSW, NXNE and a handful of other festival dates in between. Joined by Hooded Fang and Goose Hut, the enigmatic trio are on the road in support of their recently released, and well-received, sophomore full-length Kook Soul. The band say they channelled the sounds of the early Flaming Lips on the album -- appropriate given they shared the stage with the Oklahoman psych rockers at Yonge-Dundas Square less than two weeks ago.

Hooded Fang
Goose Hut
$8 advance, $10 door at Lambi

Tuesday, July 3

Fiona Apple may have been the biggest surprise at this year's SXSW, but subsequent touring, and the release of her first album since 2005's Extraordinary Machine, have proven that her best work is most certainly not behind her. As emotionally raw and engaging as ever, tracks from her latest album The Idler Wheel... are just as capable of hooking an audience as the cathartic tunes that established her presence back in the '90s.

Fiona Apple
Blake Mills
$60 to $80 at L'Olympia