Olio Festival, Arcade Fire, Superchunk, Shad and !!! Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Olio Festival, Arcade Fire, Superchunk, Shad and !!! 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, September 23
Olio Festival is entering its second year and will be filling Vancouver all weekend with a pile of killer acts. This multimedia fest consists of music, comedy, film, art and more. The musical talent on the docket for Thursday includes world music trio the Very Best, supporting their latest album, Warm Heat of Africa. To see what the other nights have in store, simply click here for the full line-up and schedule.

The Very Best
Love & Electrik
$18 at Fortune Sound Club

Friday, September 24
Although Tegan and Sara did not receive the Polaris Music Prize on Monday night, the following day their album Sainthood did go golden. Come and celebrate with them on Friday night along with friends You Say Party and Christopher Smith.

Tegan and Sara
You Say Party
Christopher Smith
$39.50 at the Malkin Bowl

Monday, September 27
Dance punk duo Matt & Kim have recently released their first single "Cameras" off their third album, Sidewalks, which is scheduled to be released in early November. Be sure to check the track out live on Monday.

Matt & Kim
Champagne Champagne
$20 at the Rickshaw Theatre


Thursday, September 23
In support of their summer released album, Destroyer of the Void, folk rock band Blitzen Trapper are currently touring throughout North and South America. Catch them in Calgary tonight.

Blitzen Trapper
$14 at Republik Nightclub

Sunday, September 26
Making a splash (more like a hurricane) in the world of independent music with their recent release of The Suburbs, Arcade Fire are proving that they are the kings and queens of indie. Catch them Sunday with Calexico.

Arcade Fire
$41 at Pengrowth Saddledome

Monday, September 27
Two-time Polaris Music Prize nominee Shad will be performing with special guest K'naan this coming Monday. Take a minute to come see them and hear some of Shad's TSOL tracks live.

$35 at MacEwan Conference And Event Centre


Friday, September 24
From their psychedelic rock beats to their strange song and album titles, there is no doubt that the Flaming Lips are one of a kind. Their live performances are just as unique as their music: intricate stage lighting, a man-sized bubble and a whole butt load of confetti. It is something that needs more than words to explain, so experience it for yourself.

The Flaming Lips
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffti
$54.25 at Edmonton Event Center

Wednesday, September 29
Land of Talk frontwoman Elizabeth Powell is Exclaim!'s current cover gal. She, along with the rest of the band, will be performing in support of their sophomore album, Cloak and Cipher.

Land of Talk
$15 at the Starlite Room


Thursday, September 23
Long-running Scottish alt-rock popsters Teenage Fanclub have been putting out records for more than a decade now and recently celebrated the release of their ninth studio album back in June. See them at the Horseshoe tonight with Elephant Stone.

Teenage Fanclub
Elephant Stone
$25 to $28 at the Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, September 25
Best Coast's debut album, Crazy for You, has sold over 10,000 units, as well as entered the Top 40 on Billboards 200 albums chart in a matter of months. And while their cat Snacks won't likely make an appearance live, those chart-making pop gems will.

Best Coast
Male Bonding
$13 to $15 at Lee's Palace

Sunday, September 26
In our recent Conversation piece with !!!, we talked to them about their live performances, with the group's frontman Nic Offer saying, "If you take anything away from a !!! show besides the music, it's that it's sweaty." The band are true believers that the warmer the room, the more people will dance. So come show off your moves and keep warm!

Fol Chen
$16.50 at Lee's Palace


Thursday, September 23
Superchunk have released their first studio album since 2001, and Majesty Shredding will have this indie punk rock outfit rocking it out with Kurt Vile and the Violators, as well as Little Scream.

Kurt Vile and the Violators
Little Scream
$23.50 at Le National

Saturday, September 25
Winters Gloves' album All Red captures the delicate transition between the light heartedness of being young into the realities of growing up and all the awkward moments in between. Be there as they share with you their stories.

Winters Gloves
$12 to $15 at II Motore

Wednesday, September 29
In the mood for some woodwinds? Experimental rock band Menomena play a mean baritone and alto saxophone. They will be playing on Wednesday, along with the Suckers and Tu Fawning.

Tu Fawning
$15 at La Sala Rossa