LCD Soundsystem, 3 Inches of Blood, CFCF and Midlake Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

LCD Soundsystem, 3 Inches of Blood, CFCF and Midlake 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.


Friday, May 21
Hometown metal gods 3 Inches of Blood are embarking on a two-night Vancity run, with this marking the first of two throw-downs at the Rickshaw. Bandanas optional, but recommended.

3 Inches of Blood
The Golers
$12 at Rickshaw Theatre

Saturday, May 22
To be honest, we have no idea what to expect here, but we're more than a little intrigued. Tonight marks the first stop in the Next Music From Tokyo mini-tour, which involves five up-and-coming Japanese bands playing a series of Canadian dates. According to the organizers, "Our goal is to cultivate recognition of Japan's tremendous independent music scene," and show us that Japan has much better music to offer than Exile. For more information and clips of all the band's on tonight's bill, head here. Next Music From Tokyo also has upcoming shows in Montreal and Toronto.

Kulu Kulu Garden
$8 (advance)/$10 (door) at Biltmore Cabaret


Saturday, May 22
Montreal's CFCF (aka Mike Silver) will bring his synth-heavy electronic sounds to Calgary's epic dance party spot the Hifi Club. Based on the strength of his 2009 Continent LP, this will be a wise choice for your Saturday night.

$TBA at Hi Fi Club

Sunday, May 23
Vancouver bros Ladyhawk will bring their jams to Calgary's Republik Nightclub for a Sunday night show that will be worth the Monday hangover.

A Pale Blue
$TBA at Republik Nightclub

Tuesday, May 25
Legendary hip-hop crew Public Enemy have announced that they'll be playing Calgary's Whiskey nightclub. As locals know, the club can definitely give off a douchey atmosphere, but its loud sound system will be the perfect match for Chuck D and Flava Flav to spit their timeless anthems.

Public Enemy
$45 at the Whiskey


Friday, May 21
If you're like us, your idea of a fun Friday night is listening to an aging punk legend rant and rave about politics and culture via long spoken word sessions. Fortunately, this Friday will be your best bet, as Henry Rollins is appearing at Edmonton's Winspear Centre.

Henry Rollins
$TBA at Winspear Centre


Thursday, May 20
TV on the Radio bud Holly Miranda is out showing off her The Magician's Private Library. Get set for those soothing atmospheres, folks.

Holly Miranda
$12.50 at El Mocambo

Friday, May 21
Texas five-piece Midlake bring The Courage of Others' "traditional folk" on this live stop, as well as Grandaddy's Jason Lytle. Yeah, that new Fleet Foxes record doesn't seem to be anywhere close to being done, so you better head on down.

Jason Lytle
John Grant
$15 (advance)/$18 (doors) at Mod Club

Saturday, May 22
If you're looking for a calm and soothing Saturday night, you may want to hit up this show by minimalist ambient music maker Eluvium. No word if he's going to be breaking out those newfound vocals, but either way, we're betting you can get ready for a big ol' bliss out.

Julianna Barwick
$12 (advance)/$14 (door) at Drake Hotel


Thursday, May 20
Once again, electro-oriented UK shoegazer Fuck Buttons are back. Illegal substances or not, this is your best bet for a trip.

Fuck Buttons
Hounds of Hate
$15 (advance)/$17 (doors) at Il Motore

Friday, May 21
Before heading to Toronto, Matthew Cooper's Eluvium is set to chill out Montreal - chill it out big time.

Julianna Barwick
$TBA at Casa Del Popolo

Monday, May 24
Yep, this is happening: James Murphy and co. are bringing their always-great-live LCD Soundsystem to town. We're not exactly sure what to expect on this tour yet, but we do know whatever it is, it's going to be great. Oh, and that LCD is hitting up Toronto on Tuesday.

LCD Soundsystem
Holy Ghost!
$34.50 at Metropolis