Meshuggah, Rustie, Purity Ring and Next Music from TOKYO Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Meshuggah, Rustie, Purity Ring and Next Music from TOKYO Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Another weekend of live music is coming up, and Exclaim! has once again selected some of the most interesting and highly anticipated events happening across the country. With so much to choose from, read this week's Can't Miss Concerts for your guide to the best shows in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, May 17
Avant-garde adventurers Master Musicians of Bukkake's explicit band name riffs on the Moroccan group Master Musicians of Jajouka. It's little surprise, then, that the Seattle collective incorporates Eastern influences into their psychedelic drones. Among the revolving lineup are members of Sun City Girls, Earth and Randall Dunn, whose production credentials include Sunn 0))) and Boris. They'll be performing in Vancouver this Thursday with fellow experimental act Trail of Broken Treaties and space rockers White Hills.

Master Musicians of Bukkake
White Hills
Trail of Broken Treaties
$8 at Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, May 18
Die Mannequin's glammed-up take on pop punk abounds with hooks and sneering attitude. The Toronto band are out touring in the lead-up to their Danceland EP, due out in July, and opening for Die Mannequin are Toronto hard rock colleagues Dearly Beloved, as well as local bands the Lifetakers and Victories.

Die Mannequin
  Dearly Beloved
The Lifetakers
$10 advance, $12 door at The Cobalt

  Saturday, May 19
Glaswegian producer Rustie filters various styles of the UK electronic underground into his sound. From heavy grime and dubstep to spry jungle and '90s rave, a lot gets pulled into his adrenaline-fuelled orbit. His album Glass Swords is out now on Warp Records, and this Saturday he's playing at Electric Owl alongside Babe Rainbow, a fixture of the Vancouver electronic scene.

Babe Rainbow
$12 at Electric Owl


Thursday, May 17
Although Vancouver's the Be Good Tanyas haven't been the most prolific in their recorded output, the three women are vets of alternative roots music. Across three full-lengths in over ten years, the Be Good Tanyas have always brought a contemporary vision to their country and folk tunes, often absorbing tastefully selected covers into their melodious earthy vibe.

The Be Good Tanyas
  $27.50 at Knox United Church

  Saturday, May 19
Three death metal and grindcore acts have joined forces for the Canadian Ritual Tour. Headlining the Northern spring jaunt is Detroit's Black Dahlia Murder, supported by San Francisco's Exhumed and Canada's own Fuck the Facts. You can catch the thoroughly loud show in Calgary on Saturday night.

The Black Dahlia Murder
Fuck the Facts
$20 at the Den


Thursday, May 17
For decades the Swedish metal band Meshuggah have been expanding the horizons of their genre. Incorporating complex time signatures and elements of jazz and prog into their heavy but abstract approach, Meshuggah are forbearers of the kind of metal that refuses to stay stagnant. Their seventh studio album Koloss came out in March this year, and they are joined on tour by the metal/pop hybrid act Baroness and Polish death metal crew Decapitated.

$26.50 at Sound Academy

  Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19
East Coast indie mainstay Joel Plaskett is coming to Canada's biggest city this weekend. The Juno Award winner is touring in support of this year's Scrappy Happiness LP, and his power pop sensibilities are sure to make for a fun night. Anglophiles can also rejoice, as the venerable politically minded UK troubadour Frank Turner will be performing as well.

Joel Plaskett Emergency
Frank Turner
$29.50 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

  Friday, May 18
The fourth edition of the Next Music from TOKYO tour continues to undertake the noble cause of brining Japan's vibrant underground to Canadian audiences. Headlining this year are Japanese indie sensations Zazen Boys, along with experimental hip-hop duo group_inou, sister act Charan-Po-Rantan and shoegazers Praha Depart.

Zazen Boys
Praha Depart
$8 advance, $10 door at Rivoli


Thursday, May 17
Lo-fi originator R. Stevie Moore is bringing his warped pop musings to Montreal this Thursday. With contemporary indie's penchant for lo-fi recordings and the popularity of eccentric popsters such as Animal Collective and Ariel Pink, Moore has emerged as an icon of weirdness. Art-rocker Bobby Conn is also on the bill, as well as local Montreal artist Jeff Barbara.

R. Stevie Moore
Bobby Conn
Jeff Barbara
$12 advance, $15 door at Il Motore

Sunday, May 20
Following their Toronto show on Thursday, the intense heavy metal onslaught of Meshuggah, Baroness and Decapitated will be working their way over to Montreal for a Sunday concert.

$25.50 advance, $30 door at L'Olympia

Tuesday, May 22
Purity Ring's debut album Shrines is set to arrive in July on 4AD/Last Gang. Fusing lush atmospherics with indie pop and electronic beats, the Edmonton duo makes celebratory music for sensitive souls. Their first full-length is one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the summer. Montreal electro artist Agor is opening.

Purity Ring
$12 at Casa Del Popolo