Japandroids, MGMT, Yeasayer, Peter Gabriel and the Besnard Lakes Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Japandroids, MGMT, Yeasayer, Peter Gabriel and the Besnard Lakes 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, April 29
Vancouver post-punk noisemakers Sex Church lead this triple bill of good ol' homegrown talent. And hey, it's only a fiver to get in the door.

Sex Church
$5 at Honey Lounge

Friday, April 30
Following a massive stretch of touring, Vancity garage pop heroes Japandroids are back on home turf. Come down and welcome them back with the musical help of No Gold and Babe Rainbow.

No Gold
Babe Rainbow
$15 at Lifetime Collective (68 5th Avenue West)

Saturday, May 1
Despite Ladyhawk having no new album in sight, the guys are ripping up the Rickshaw and have roped in Makeout Videotape to lend a hand. And seriously, when have Ladyhawk ever steered you wrong in a live setting?

Makeout Videotape
Needles & Pins
$10 at Rickshaw Theatre


Thursday, April 29
Ride the dark horse into the weekend with a headlining show from Vancouver neo-classical metal heavyweights 3 Inches of Blood. You know them, you love them, and you won't want to miss their latest run through Calgary.

3 Inches of Blood
Evil Survives
$20 at Republik Nightclub

Saturday, May 1
Montreal-based indie rockers Plants and Animals bring hits from their recent La La Land effort to Calgary's Royal Canadian Legion. With support from Said the Whale, this will showcase some of the best Canadian content out there.

Plants and Animals
Said the Whale
$TBA at Royal Canadian Legion

Sunday, May 2
The Montreal indie rock invasion continues with a headlining show from the Besnard Lakes at Broken City. With support from locals Hollerado and the Summerlad, we'll wager that this is the best plan for a Sunday night (at least, until there's some new Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes).

The Besnard Lakes
The Summerlad
$TBA at Broken City


Friday, April 30
Before they hit Calgary, Montreal's Plants and Animals will bring the hits from their recent La La Land to Edmonton's Starlite Room. Said the Whale are set to open this animal-filled adventure.

Plants and Animals
Said the Whale
$TBA at Starlite Room

Saturday, May 1
Following 2009's wildly successful Wyrd Fest, the festival has returned to Edmonton. Now a three day, Alberta-wide revue, the Edmonton edition features 18 acts that include Nu Sensae, Women, Shearing Pinx, Cosmetics and numerous others. The line-up is so good, in fact, that a valid doctor's note is your only excuse to miss it.

Nu Sensae
Myelin Sheaths
and more
$TBA at the ARTery


Thursday, April 29
Okay, guys, this is it: MGMT are finally setting down in Toronto. If you're still on the fence about Congratulations, maybe experiencing it live and in the flesh will help you get your feelings straight, for better or worse.

$30 Mod Club

Friday, April 30
Newfound pop lover Jónsi is breaking away from his Sigur Rós to give his new solo disc, Go, a spin on the stage. And if what we've heard is correct, you can get set for some fancy-pants visuals to go along with all the audio.

$30 at Sound Academy

Saturday, May 1
Out supporting their Odd Blood, the much-loved Yeasayer are capping off a big concert weekend in Toronto. Yeah, it's sold out, but you might want to try to still weasel your way in if you don't already have a ticket, especially since Sleigh Bells are opening the night.

Sleigh Bells
$18 at Lee's Palace


Thursday, April 29
Keeping alive the love affair between Montreal and Peter Gabriel, the longtime art rocker is returning to give the city a taste of his Scratch My Back. Care for a cover tune or 12?

Peter Gabriel
Ane Brun
$TBA at Bell Centre

Saturday, May 1
Brazilian beat-makers and mixtape masters the Twelves are once again giving Canada some love, this time setting down in Montreal's Le Belmont.

The Twelves
$TBA at Le Belmont

Sunday, May 2
Following his Toronto performance, Sigur Rós singer Jónsi is swinging through Montreal with his Go. Who knows? This one might even pull all those hands out of their pockets.

$TBA at Metropolis