John K. Samson, Postdata, the Clientele and Every Time I Die Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

John K. Samson, Postdata, the Clientele and Every Time I Die 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 18
Beloved Canadian songstress Martha Wainwright comes to town with her dramatic stage show attached. Chances are you'll hear selections from Martha's last studio effort, 2008's I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, as well as a few Édith Piaf numbers. And if you're lucky, maybe she'll treat you to a few new songs.

Martha Wainwright
$35 at Commodore Ballroom

Friday, March 19
Mint Records darlings Immaculate Machine are returning to the mainland to dish out their pop-heavy rock. Lending support are Vancity's Sun Wizard and A Pale Blue.

Immaculate Machine
Sun Wizard
A Pale Blue
$12 at Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, March 20
Taking a break from Wintersleep, Paul Murphy is exploring his softer, sadder side as Postdata. We're guessing there may be more than a few tears in the audience this Saturday night.

Julie Fader
Brian Borcherdt
$15 at Media Club


Thursday, March 18
Melodic emotional hardcore quintet A Wilhelm Scream pops through town to deliver punk rock that promises to cater to the kids who are fed up with "everything else." Fellow noisy guys Outbreak lend some opening support.

A Wilhelm Scream
$14.50 at Mod Club

Friday, March 19
Following the release of their sixth long-player, Bonfires on the Heath, London quartet the Clientele have hit the road. By the sounds of things, this just may be the band's last tour ever, so you may want to catch this one.

The Clientele
Field Music
$14 at Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, March 20
Get ready for some serious knob twiddling. The second instalment of the Digital series at Sound Academy is bringing a killer bill of electro-oriented acts, including Calvin Harris, Aeroplane, Fake Blood, Boy 8-Bit and Fake Blood.

Calvin Harris
Laidback Luke
Fake Blood
Boy 8-Bit
$20 at Sound Academy


Thursday, March 19
Bluesy Calgary, AB indie rockers Ghostkeeper have made it all the way to Montreal to show out their recently released self-titled sophomore effort. We said that it's an "album that will definitely keep your ears guessing." We're guessing their live show will be no different.

Eric En
$10 at Le Cagibi

Friday March 20
Following a show in Toronto, the Clientele pair up with Field Music for a night of low-key and eccentric pop. The Clientele will provide the former while Field Music take care of the latter.

The Clientele
Field Music
$13 (advance)/$15 (door) at Il Motore

Monday, March 22
All right, mouthpiece Henry Rollins is once again back in the Great White North. If you want hear a guy get really angry and shout a lot, well, then this is a night for you.

Henry Rollins
$30 at Le National


Friday, March 19
Toronto dance-rock crew Dragonette will bring the new wave dance party of their recent Fixin to Thrill album to the Republik for a guaranteed good time.

$15 at Republik

Saturday, March 20
Calgary-based street punk heroes Knucklehead are celebrating their 15-year anniversary with a two night stint at the Palomino. The second night on Saturday will also include appearances from Vancouver's excellent Vicious Cycles and the Sound City Hooligans.

Vicious Cycles
Sound City Hooligans
$10 at the Palomino

Sunday, March 21
Following his recent solo EP City Route 85, Weakerthans front-man John K. Samson will bring his inimitable performing to the University of Calgary's Rozsa Centre.

John K. Samson
$22.50 at Rozsa Centre


Friday, March 19
Detroit's Electric Six have been incredibly busy lately, riding high from the release of their album KILL last fall and readying their seventh album for 2010. With such heavy momentum, now would be an excellent time to see this band live.

Electric Six
$TBA at Starlite Room

Saturday, March 20
Before heading to Calgary, Weakerthans front-man John K. Samson will bring a rare solo performance to Edmonton's Haven Social Club. Performing cuts from his own City Route 85 and some Weakerthans material as well, this is not one you want to miss.

John K. Samson
$TBA at Haven Social Club

Monday, March 22
Mondays are always terrible, so why not take that aggression out with some raging hardcore? Buffalo, NY-based metal tyrants Every Time I Die will be headlining this fantastic four-band bill.

Every Time I Die
Four Year Strong
Polar Bear Club
Trapped Under Ice
$TBA at Starlite Room