The New Pornographers, Konono No. 1, the Whitsundays and Why? Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

The New Pornographers, Konono No. 1, the Whitsundays and Why? 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, July 15
Marking the second night of a two-night stint, the New Pornographers are bringing their power-poppin' good times to Vancouver's lovely Vogue Theatre. There to lend some opening support are the Dodos, as well as sometime Yeah Yeah Yeah Imaad Wasif.

New Pornographers
The Dodos
Imaad Wasif
$27.50 at Vogue Theatre

Friday, July 16
Celebrating the release of Lab Magazine #2, this sweet-lookin' batch of Vancouver locals are pulling together to make some noise. Included are Moonshiner, B-Lines, Petroleum By-Product and Exclaim! faves Makeout Videotape.

Makeout Videotape
Petroleum By-Product
$10 at Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, July 17
If you're looking to get sloppy and take in some great music, Glory Days is the ticket tonight. In this week's instalment Victoria's Slam Dunk are playing to the always-packed dancefloor and bringing their punked-up psych shenanigans.

Slam Dunk
Sincerely Hana
$10 at Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, July 15
German DJ Klaas is spinning his brand of electro/house music mixed with pop rock hooks at the Whiskey. Who says you need to wait until the weekend to get your dance on?

$15 at The Whiskey

Friday, July 16
Cowtown boys the Whitsundays blend garage rock with psychedelic pop and end up sounding like a witch's brew of Black Lips, Babyshambles and the Kinks. Waking Eyes side-project Royal Canoe and Forest City Lovers are also on the bill.

The Whitsundays
Royal Canoe
Forest City Lovers
$TBA at Broken City


Thursday, July 15
Mix equal parts Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth, the Tea Party and Zygote, and you've got Crash Karma: a band you might have called a "supergroup" if it were 1997. All kidding aside, these seasoned musicians' chemistry comes through in their tight pop rock sound.

Crash Karma
$10 at Union Hall

Friday, July 16
Victoria, BC folk artist Lily Fawn (minus bandmate Hank Pine) is debuting songs from her new album, Lullabies. Her solo album is composed of eerie, down-tempo children's songs that should by no means be played for children who want to sleep soundly.   

Lily Fawn
Smokey and the Awesome Hots
$12 at The ARTery


Thursday, July 15
Eccentric post-hip-hop trio Why? are finally making their way to Toronto with the sounds of their Eskimo Snow in tow. Josiah Wolf, and Why? member, helps to get the night going.

Josiah Wolf
$13.50 at Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, July 16
After playing a series of Western Canadian dates, High on Fire have made their way east. For this leg of the trek, they've roped in Priestess and Skeletonwitch to lend some opening support. Love that mind-melting stoner metal, dudes.

High on Fire
$22.50 at the Opera House

Saturday, July 17
We're not sure about this being dubbed the "Cool Tour," but regardless, this is one killer lineup of heavy-loving bands. As I Lay Dying leads a bill that features Between the Buried & Me, Bless the Fall and Cancer Bats.

As I Lay Dying
Between the Buried & Me
Bless the Fall
Cancer Bats
$32 at Sound Academy


Friday, July 16
As part of Montreal's Festival International Nuits D'Afrique, Congolese musical masters Konono No. 1 promise a night of world-conscious grooves. Get set for a dose of their new Assume Crash Position, as well as a lot of tradition meets experimentalism.

Konono No. 1
$33 at Le National

Saturday, July 17
Detroit garage punks the Gories are back with another round of reunion dates, and this time they're bringing the show to Montreal. There's no knowing how long this reunion will last, so go now or forever hold your peace.

The Gories
The Crucials
Broken Jugs
The Bon
$20 at Cabaret Mile-End

Monday, July 19
Out in support of her upcoming Obadiah, Be Good Tanyas songstress Frazey Ford is giving audiences a taste of her latest accomplishment. To hear what you can expect at the show, click here, where we currently have Obadiah up for streaming.

Frazey Ford
$TBA at Cafe Campus