Osheaga, Florence and the Machine, Yelawolf and the Jesus and Mary Chain Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Osheaga, Florence and the Machine, Yelawolf and the Jesus and Mary Chain Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
With one of the summer's most talk-about festivals on the horizon and a series of big-name tours making their way across the country, this week could be one of the best times to take advantage of all the great shows lined up this season. If you're looking for some live entertainment this weekend, you can check out our Can't Miss highlights for Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, August 2
This Thursday, Alabama-born, Brooklyn-based songwriter Matthew Houck -- or as he's better known, Phosphorescent -- will be on hand at the Media Club to showcase his experimental indie folk catalogue, which has gained him plenty of admirers, including fellow Southern singer Willie Nelson. Although he previously made the touring rounds as a solo act, the Phosphorescent lineup has swelled to include a handful of other members, and with a new album on the way, this show (the first on their current tour) should boast plenty of energy.

Mimicking Bird
$15 at The Media Club

Friday, August 3
Another Alabama native will be in town to kick off the weekend, as rapper Yelawolf brings his brand of hip-hop to town in the midst of his latest worldwide tour. With a new album entitled Love Story apparently in the works and positive reviews surrounding his successful 2011 debut RadioActive still circulating, the one-time reality TV contestant should have no trouble putting on an impressive show. He'll be joined by hometown artist Snak the Ripper, who'll get things started in the opening slot.

Snak the Ripper
$25.50 at Fortune Sound Club

  Saturday, August 4
His debut album, Trouble, may have only been released in June, but Orlando Higginbottom, the man behind Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, is already touring his material extensively, hitting several stops on the international festival circuit in the process. The British DJ and producer is already being touted as one the year's biggest electronic breakout acts, and with a set that's designed to cater to much larger audiences, TEED's performance at the Electric Owl this weekend is sure fill the venue.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
$13 at Electric Owl


Thursday, August 2
It's been over a year and half since Florence Welch and company last took the stage in Toronto, and the band have achieved plenty in that time. Their sophomore record, Ceremonials, built on the buzz they'd already amassed, and the group are currently on a North American tour following a series of dates in Europe and Australia. Tonight's outing at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre will mark their second Canadian date on this leg of their journey, before they head north to Montreal for the city's Osheaga Festival. Expect plenty of rousing choruses and familiar tunes throughout the night. It's also a major bonus that the Walkmen are opening.

Florence and the Machine
The Walkmen
$20-$60 at The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Friday, August 3
Amid a string of reissues and sporadic tour dates, legendary noise popsters the Jesus and Mary Chain will be in town this Friday for their second of three August appearances. The Scottish five-piece have been fixtures at several festivals since they reunited in 2007, but this will be the first time in four years that they've touched down in North America for a string of appearances. Although the group haven't release any new album since 1998's Munki, their records hold enough classic tunes to keep fans (both old and newly won) happy.

The Jesus and Mary Chain
$59.50 advance; $64 door at the Phoenix Concert Theatre

Saturday, August 4
As part of HARD Toronto, co-headliners Justice and M83 will be accompanied by an impressive bill of openers this weekend, making this ticket particularly hard to pass up. French electro duo Justice are still riding high on the release of their third LP, 2011's Audio, Video, Disco, which added to their already impressive assortment of dance-ready and bass-heavy numbers. Meanwhile, their countrymen in M83 released their most successful record to date, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, last year as well. Doors are at 3 p.m. if you want to check out the day's entire roster.

Buraka Som Sistema
Charli XCX
$49 at Fort York, Garrison Common


Friday, August 3
Now in its seventh year, Montreal's Osheaga festival kicks off this Friday with one of its biggest lineups to date. With dozens of performers scattered across five different stages, there are plenty of great acts to catch, including Scottish avant-garage favourites Franz Ferdinand, who kicked off their first tour since 2010 back in May and are set to hit up several festivals over the next couple of months. They'll be followed up on the main stage by favourites like Florence and the Machine and Justice, while electro pop duo MGMT will be wrapping up the night on the festival's Green Stage.

Franz Ferdinand
Florence and the Machine and Justice
The Walkmen
Atlas Sound
Sigur Ros
$85 at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Saturday, August 4
For the second day of festivities in Parc Jean-Drapeau, expect some nostalgia to make its way into the mix with a lineup heavy on acts that helped define the '90s. On the main stage, alt-rock outfit Garbage will undoubtedly supply plenty of their signature post-grunge staples, ahead of prolific West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg (whose latest single, "La La La," dropped last month under his Snoop Lion moniker). Other Saturday highlights include the Jesus and Mary Chain, A$AP Rocky, Yeasayer and Calgary native Feist.

Snoop Dogg
Jesus and Mary Chain
A$AP Rocky
$85 at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Sunday, August 5
The final night of Osheaga will see plenty of big guns populating the festival's stages, including bluesy revivalists (and chart-toppers) the Black Keys, who've been veritable summer staples the past few years. They'll be capping the evening on the main stage, while Exclaim!'s June cover band, Metric, will also feature prominently on the day's bill. The Shins will return with a setlist of requisite indie pop rock, while Australian psych rockers Tame Impala, M83 and Passion Pit help round up the lineup.

The Black Keys
The Shins
Tame Impala
Passion Pit
$85 at Parc Jean-Drapeau