MUTEK, Music Waste, Robyn and Aloe Blacc Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

MUTEK, Music Waste, Robyn and Aloe Blacc Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Festival season is upon us, and with all of the talent that will be filling our country's stages over the next couple of months, Exclaim! is here to help you schedule your precious concert-going time. Keep on reading to find out our top concert picks for Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, June 2
While some festivals attempt to cash in on big-name acts, Music Waste has a different agenda. This year will mark the festival's 17th year of showcasing the best in Vancouver's independent music. There will be over 110 bands, as well as art shows, comedy shows and BBQs. Part of the fun, of course, is travelling from venue to venue. But we've picked out a few of the highlights that you may want to hit up, like this Thursday night's show featuring garage punks Defektors, as well as Men at Adventure, Inherent Vices and Aquanut at new venue Electric Owl. You can view the entire Music Waste schedule here. Passes are $15 (though they are sold out at this point) or $5 a show.

Men at Adventure
Inherent Vices
With festival pass or $5 at Electric Owl

Friday, June 3

Friday looks to be the most action-packed night of Music Waste, but you may want to hit up the Astoria, where Apollo Ghosts, My Friend Wallis, Flash Palace and Safety Show will all be playing.

Apollo Ghosts
My Friend Wallis
Flash Palace
Safety Show
With festival pass or $5 at Astoria

Saturday, June 4

Saturday is another night that demands you make the rounds across Vancouver, but this Music Waste show, featuring Animal Bodies, Mode Moderne, Sutures and Zoo, will be one well worth checking out.

Animal Bodies
Mode Moderne
With festival pass or $5 at The Cobalt


Friday, June 3
If you haven't noticed yet, Robyn's not the same teen pop star that she was in the '90s. Over the past few years, she's reinvented herself and reminded people that pop music doesn't have to be all bubble gum and Britney Spears. Just check out what we had to say about her last Toronto performance in January. And this time around, she'll be sharing the stage with the city's favourite pop star, Diamond Rings, so it's sure to be one fun night.

Diamond Rings
Natalia Kills
$40.50 to $51.75 at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Saturday, June 4
Norman Blake and Euros Childs have already made names for themselves as members of Teenage Fanclub (Blake) and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (Childs). Now, they've combined forces as Jonny and put out a self-titled debut album full of the infectious psych pop that you'd expect from this duo. You'll definitely want to check them out together while you still can.

Apex Manor $21.50 advance, $25 door atthe Drake Hotel

Sunday, June 5
Aloe Blacc proved the diversity of his talents when he released his '70s-inspired album Good Things last year. He's been touring extensively since then and now, he's making his way back to Canada for another round of dates. Head out to the show to hear his hit "I Need a Dollar" (from HBO's How to Make It in America) and many more of his soulful songs.

Aloe Blacc
$TBA at Wrongbar


Thursday, June 2
Some of the biggest names in electronic music have all gathered in Montreal this week for MUTEK. Festivalgoers should be gearing up for the weekend, which will feature shows that are more like all-night parties, with a ton of acts playing right through the night into the morning. Passes for the weekend will cost you $110, or you can grab individual tickets to any show you want to catch. You can see the complete schedule here, but for Thursday night we recommend the Para Nocturne: Psychonautic Surfers showcase, which features the likes of ARP, Sun Araw and Hype Williams.

Organ Mood
Hype Williams
Sun Araw Band
$20 at SAT

Friday, June 3

For Friday, we suggest you hit up MUTEK's Nocturne 3: Parallel Spaces, which features the likes of Plastikman, Komodo, Traversable Wormhole and DEEPCHORD presents ECHOSPACE.

Thomas Jirku
Traversable Wormhole
$45 at Metropolis

Saturday, June 4

To keep you up way late on Saturday, MUTEK's Nocturne 4: Beyond the Autobahn will rope in an impressive cast of performers, including Four Tet, Babe Rainbow, Daega Sound System, Calamalka and James Holden.

Stephen Beaupre
Babe Rainbow
Four Tet
Electro Guzzi
James Holden
Michael Red
Daega Sound System
Max Ulis
$35 at Metropolis