Odd Future, James Blake, YACHT and Atmosphere Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Odd Future, James Blake, YACHT and Atmosphere Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As always, Exclaim! has your weekly Can't Miss Concerts guide ready for you to peruse. So see what shows should make your agenda this week for Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, May 12
The sometimes dour but often delightful New York-based noise poppers known as Crystal Stilts will soon cast their shattered shine over the Biltmore Cabaret in support of In Love with Oblivion, their new album. If you like your '60s psychedelia infused with a respectable dose of the Jesus and Mary Chain's brand of lo-fi darkness, you'll want to hit this one up.

Crystal Stilts
Case Studies
Student Teacher
$12 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, May 13
YACHT have strayed from the indie world's radar for the last year or two, but now Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans have kicked things back into gear with a new tour and an upcoming new album. Get your ears ready to take in the catchy beats and grooves of one of the DFA's finest projects.

Light Asylum
Jeffrey Jerusalem
$15 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, May 14
The Raveonettes are still kicking, and so hard in fact that Venue is about to be overtaken by big hooks and nocturnal noise. Fans of the band's recent venture into darker sonic corners on their newest album Raven in the Grave can feast on the sound and atmosphere, while older fans can expect some of their old favourites from previous records to pop up at the appropriate moments.

The Raveonettes
$21.50 at Venue


Thursday, May 12
Atmosphere are bringing some solid Rhymesayers acts to help take the introspective lyrics and dope beats of their already thrilling live show to a new level. Those who are dying to hear a live take on the deeply affecting Family Sign can chill now that their time has come.

Grieves and Budo
Sab the Artist
DJ Abilities
$26.50 at MacEwan Hall

Friday, May 13
Amelia Curran and her husky singing voice are making their way to the Ironwood Stage and Grill for a Maritime folk frenzy in support of Hunter Hunter, her newest album. Like-minded acoustic guitar plucker Jimmy Rankin and fellow Maritimer Erin Costello will help craft that sunny feeling, whatever the weather may bring.

Amelia Curran
Jimmy Rankin
Erin Costello
$35 at the Ironwood Stage and Grill

Saturday, May 14
If you're able to score entry to the Saddledome, you can say hello to the yellow brick road this time, since none other than Elton John himself is going to be showering you with hits. If you've developed a taste for the man's sharp pop sensibilities, or if you just really, really loved that scene in Family Guy where Stewie sings "Rocketman," this show could provide an unforgettable experience.

Elton John
$41 to $227 at the Scotiabank Saddledome


Saturday, May 14
British dubstep prodigy James Blake is about to show all those lucky enough to find themselves at Lee's Palace the magic that can be woven from soul, dubstep, a disarming croon and a stage. If you find yourself wondering what all the buzz is about, you'll wonder no more after this show.

James Blake
Active Child
SOLD OUT ($20 advance, $25 door) at Lee's Palace

Sunday, May 15
One of the most interesting new stories in hip-hop can be summed up in seven words: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. First the tunes and now the shows -- at least, for all those lucky enough to get tickets to check out the outfit's mix of odd humour, beats and aggressive lyrics. This is one is guaranteed to be one of those, "yes, I was there" moments.

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All
SOLD OUT ($22.50) at the Phoenix

Tuesday, May 17
Torontonians who like their rock'n'roll fast, brutal and from exotic locales are in for a rare treat -- Guitar Wolf have come all the way from Japan to pummel Lee's Palace into submission as one of the few Canadian stops on their North American tour. If you've been following the veteran Japanese rockers for some time or you're just thirsting for a unique take on garage rock, this show will likely grant some well-earned satisfaction.

Guitar Wolf
Cheap Time
Lullabye Arkestra
$18.50 advance, $20 door at Lee's Palace


Thursday, May 12
Those who gather at Lambi on Thursday night will be treated to Here We Go Magic's hazy and occasionally country-tinged tunes. Fans of Pigeons, the band's newest album, are in for solid live renditions of favourites like "Collector" and "Moon," while those who have been following the band since their inception will likely also get to feast on highlights from the band's 2009 debut.

Here We Go Magic
$12 at Lambi

Friday, May 13
There's been a lot of hype surrounding whokill, tUnE-yArDs' new album, and for good reason. Merrill Garbus's fussed-about blend of lo-fi beats, melodies and unique vocals have been wowing audiences wherever she goes, and now Montreal has a chance to partake in the action.

Buke and Gass
Pat Jordache
$14 advance, $16 door at La Sala Rossa

Sunday, May 15
Ontario metal vets Anvil are still smashing faces and dishing out new material 30 odd years into their career. So make it to Foufounes Electriques this coming Sunday and be a witness to their smokin' live show. Chicago-based metalheads Metallian's big riffs ought to help set the stage for Anvil to tear it up.

$20 at Foufounes Electriques