The Flaming Lips, High on Fire, Wolf Parade and Evening Hymns Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

The Flaming Lips, High on Fire, Wolf Parade and Evening Hymns 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.


Thursday, July 8
Oakland stoner/doom/traditional metal bruisers High on Fire are bringing their roadshow to Vancouver. And if that wasn't enough, Russian Circles and Skeletonwitch are rounding out the bill, making this one killer-looking throw-down.

High on Fire
Russian Circles
$17.50 at Rickshaw Theatre

Friday, July 9
Long-running Oakland, CA rap crew the Coup are bringing their beats and rhymes across the border for this party at the Biltmore. Lending an opening hand are Run with the Heard and Nina Mendoza.

The Coup
Run with the Heard
Nina Mendoza
$19 at Biltmore Cabaret

Sunday, July 11
Making a rare West coast appearance, blissed-out Toronto folk outfit Evening Hymns are gracing the city with their haunting presence. If you've yet to experience these promising up-and-comers, trust us: you don't want to miss out. And if you can't make the Railway show, the band are playing a free in-store at Neptoon Records on Sunday afternoon. Details for that show can be found here

Evening Hymns
Bronwyn Malloy
$8 at Railway Club


Thursday, July 8
The organizers at Calgary's Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association decided to throw a little post-Sled Island fest in their humble hall. Called Toboggan Peninsula (get it?), the fest features three nights of amazing talent across genres. Best of all, it's by donation. For indie night, local heroes Friendo will team with SAVK, Very Really So and Grandmothers for an excellent Thursday evening.

By donation at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Center

Friday, July 9
For the final night of Calgary's Toboggan Peninsula mini-festival, punk fans will be treated to an all ages riot courtesy of Calgary post-punks Sharp Ends alongside Grown-Ups, Sabertooth and one other local act. An all-ages punk show at a community centre? How could anyone resist?

Sharp Ends
By donation at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Center

Sunday, July 11
Sunday night brings garage punk delegates from BC and Alberta to meet up for some end-of-weekend mayhem. Vancouver's Dead Ghosts and Timecopz meet up with Myelin Sheaths and Sharp Ends for what will surely be a rock'n'roll bloodbath.

Myelin Sheaths
Dead Ghosts
Sharp Ends
$10 at Marquee Room


Friday, July 9
Edmonton thrash punks Tarantuja have just completed their debut full-length Do Not Rescusitate, and to celebrate, they've assembled a small army of Alberta punk bands for a truly epic all ages show at the Hydeaway. Representing everything from street punk to raw '80s hardcore, this is going to be one for the history books.

No Problem
the Spastic Panthers
$TBA at the Hydeaway

Saturday, July 10
While Friday is sure to be a blast, make sure you save some energy for High on Fire's mind-melting stoner metal. With support from Skeletonwitch and Russian Circles, fans of forward-thinking metal will get their fill.

High on Fire
Russian Circles
$TBA at Starlite Room


Thursday, July 8
Fang Island, Tokyo Police Club, Spoon and the mighty Flaming Lips - shows don't get any more stacked than this. A definite can't-miss.

The Flaming Lips
Tokyo Police Club
Fang Island
$29.50-$52.50 at Molson Amphitheatre

Friday, July 9
Speaking of stacked shows, here's another: Metric lead this triple bill that also includes Passion Pit and Toronto's own Holy Fuck. No word yet on when the Twihards plan to start lining up.

Passion Pit
Holy Fuck
$44-$60 at Molson Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 10
Laid-back dude Phosphorescent is bringing his laid-back folk grooves to swelteringly hot Toronto. Guaranteed to help you chill the fuck out on a hot Saturday night.

Doug Paisley
$12 at Horseshoe Tavern


Thursday, July 8
Marking the first of a two-night Montreal stint, Wolf Parade are setting up at Le National to give fans a taste of their new Expo 86. Knowing how Wolf Parade like to take their time between records, catch them now or deal with the consequences.

Wolf Parade
$23 at Le National

Friday, July 9
Detroit garage punks Tyvek team up with So Cow and Grand Trine for what's sure to be a great Friday night. Get set for the messy punk jams to be in full effect.

So Cow
Grand Trine
$10 (advance)/$12 (door) at Le Divan Orange

Saturday, July 10
Following an opening slot with Metric, Dilla-loving electro pop duo Phantogram are in Montreal for their very own headlining show. Grimes are set to support.

$10 (advance)/$12 (door) at Casa Del Popolo