Joanna Newsom, Vampire Weekend, the Big Pink and Coalesce Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Joanna Newsom, Vampire Weekend, the Big Pink and Coalesce 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, March 11
Vancouver voodoo punks Nü Sensae pair up with B-Lines and Calgary's Grown-Ups for a night that guaranteed to pack in noisy, punky rock'n'roll sounds. Maybe we'll even get a taste of Nü Sensae's upcoming new full-length.

Nü Sensae
$TBA at Honey Lounge

Friday, March 12
Progressive Danish post-rockers Efterklang are here on North American soil giving us a taste of their latest sonic concoction Magic Chairs. Get set for big, sweeping stabs at grandeur.

Certain Breeds
Aunts and Uncles
$14 at Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, March 13
After cancelling their last Vancouver show, the UK's Big Pink are making good on past bads and finally giving the city some live action. Sweetening the deal with be A Place To Bury Strangers, making this night a pretty sweet double bill.

The Big Pink
A Place To Bury Strangers
$16.50 at Venue


Thursday, March 11
Coalesce's Ox LP made the No. 2 spot on our 2009 Aggressive Tendencies year-end list, so obviously we're more than just a little pumped about this one. It doesn't hurt that fellow noise mongers Harvey Milk are lending some opening support.

Harvey Milk
$16 at Annex Wreckroom

Friday, March 12
Yep, CMW is here, and this is one of the best looking bills out there: Plants & Animals, the Acorn, Russian Futurists and Winter Gloves all joining forces at Lee's Palace. Enough said.

Plants & Animals
The Acorn
Russian Futurists
Winter Gloves
$18 at Lee's Palace

Satuday, March 13
With the world currently in the grips of Joanna Newsom mania, this is one is a total no-brainer. Newsom giving out a taste of her critically drooled upon Have One on Me - what more could you want?

Joanna Newsom
$22.50 at Phoenix


Friday, March 12
With the much-anticipated ...Are the Roaring Night finally hitting store shelves earlier this week, the Besnard Lakes are in a celebratory mood and giving Montreal this CD release party. And if you haven't yet heard the band's stunning slab of epic rock, well, here's your chance.

The Besnard Lakes
The Sunday Sinners
$13 (advance)/$15 (door) at Il Motore

Saturday, March 13
Exclaim! faves the Dillinger Escape Plan are out sporting the sounds of their upcoming Option Paralysis and we highly recommend you check it out. After all, they aren't Exclaim! faves for nothing.

The Dillinger Escape Plan
Darkest Hour
Animals As Leaders
$19 at Le Cabaret Juste Pour Rire

Sunday, March 14
Marking one of two nights in Montreal, pixie folkster Joanna Newsom lets loose the gorgeous sounds of Have One on Me. Yeah, the show is sold out, but you never know...

Joanna Newsom
Kevin Barker
$25 at Ukrainian National Federation


Friday, March 12
Harmonious folk duo Twilight Hotel are stopping in at Mikey's Juke Joint as part of their Winter Wolves Tour. The Juno-nominated folksters will likely sneak in a song or two from their forthcoming third album, due out later in the year.

Twilight Hotel
$ TBA at Mikey's Juke Joint

Saturday, March 13
Kate Maki will be at Calgary's Pasomino along with Extra Happy Ghosts!!! and Brent Randell. While Maki is a seasoned solo musician, her most recent album, Two Song Wedding, has earned her some extra attention. Arrive early!

Kate Maki
$ 8 at The Palomino


Friday, March 12
The Empire Ballroom will play host to Philadelphian DJ extraordinaire, Diplo, whose long list of collaborator include M.I.A.

$ TBA at Empire Ballroom

Sunday, March 14
Having bypassed the dreaded sophomore slump with their second album, Contra, Vampire Weekend are out and about on a tour across North America.

Vampire Weekend
$34.75 at Edmonton Event Centre