Jay-Z, Chad VanGaalen, Wilco and the Horrors Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Jay-Z, Chad VanGaalen, Wilco and the Horrors 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, October 15
Well, Chad VanGaalen may have lost out on the Polaris Music Prize, but that's obviously not getting dude down as he continue on with his roadshow. And, guys, Soft Airplane still rules and so too does that new EP.

Chad VanGaalen
$22 at Rio Theatre

Friday, October 16
Since Kanye's tour is now totally out of the picture, here's your best bet for a massive, superstar-packed hip-hop throw-down. Jay-Z is of course out touring in support of Blueprint 3, and, well, we're pretty stoked about it.

$39-$149 at General Motors Place

Saturday, October 17
If you're up for a night of no-frills garage punk, head to the Astoria for this solid local bill featuring Defektors, White Lung and Random Cuts. There will probably be a mannequin or two there as well.

White Lung
Random Cuts
$TBA at Astoria


Thursday, October 15
If you missed out on Wilco's show last night, now is your chance to catch much-loved Chicagonians. Seriously, live shows don't get any more solid than theirs.

$39.50-$45 at Massey Hall

Friday, October 16
Out supporting their second full-length Troubled, Shaken, Etc., British avant-tech six-piece Sian Alice Group bring their eclectic sounds to the Toronto stage.

Sian Alice Group
$10.50 at Drake Hotel

Saturday, October 17
After several Western Canadian dates, outsider music hero Daniel Johnston is finally making his way out east. He's got a new record called Is and Always Was and it ain't half bad.

Daniel Johnston
$25 at Mod Club


Thursday, October 15
We've recommended goth-tinted shoegazers the Horrors more than a few times here in Can't Miss Concerts, but it's only because they're a definite can't miss.

The Horrors
$17 at Petit Campus

Friday, October 16
Fire up the blades - BC metallions 3 Inches of Blood are bringing their soaring vocals, galloping riffs and pummelling brutality to town. It's guaranteed mayhem, folks.

3 Inches of Blood
$17 at Le Cabaret Juste Pour Rire

Saturday, October 17
On the road supporting their recently released All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, Chicago folk experimentalists Califone are bringing not only their live show but front-man Tim Rutili's new film. A movie and a concert for the price of one!

$17 at Ukrainian National Federation


Thursday, October 15
Vancouver noise punks Shearing Pinx are kicking off a seemingly endless North American tour in support of the latest in their seemingly endless pile of releases. Live, the band always seem to hit the mark with the right balance of structure and chaos.

Shearing Pinx
Seizure Salad
$TBA at Broken City

Friday, October 16
Regina-based garage punk trio Hot Blood Bombers are returning to Calgary with another dose of their wild, energetic three-man attack. With opening slots from locals the Pinetarts and Miesha and the Spanks, expect your socks to be thoroughly rocked.

Hot Blood Bombers
Miesha and the Spanks
$TBA at Broken City

Saturday, October 17
The night after their Edmonton date, long-running (and long-named) experimental rockers ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead will give Calgary a spin, with support from loud ex-Mclusky rockers Future of the Left.

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Future of the Left
$TBA at The Warehouse


Thursday, October 15
Toronto's Dragonette feature ex-members of Controller.Controller, and play a similar strain of that dance-y rock music the kids are into these days. Better bring your dance party shoes.

$16 at Starlite Room

Friday, October 16
Before they burn it down in Calgary, art rock champions ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead will hit up Edmonton for what is sure to be an intense spectacle. Loud noise-rockers Future of the Left will open the show.

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Future of the Left
$TBA at Starlite Room

Saturday, October 18
After an explosion of dancing and rock'n'roll, Edmontonians would be wise to take a dose of Chad VanGaalen's ramshackle indie rock. After all, he is making the two-hour trek from his Calgary home.

Chad VanGaalen
$TBA at Myer Horowitz Theatre at University of Alberta