Pavement, Matmos, Chad VanGaalen, Frog Eyes and NXNE Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Pavement, Matmos, Chad VanGaalen, Frog Eyes and NXNE 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.


Friday, June 18
Always-chaotic garage pysch rockers the Brian Jonestown Massacre are back. This time, they're showing off their latest album, Who Killed Sgt. Pepper, but we're guessing there will be some old faves, as well as some over-the-top/violent stage antics, thrown in as well.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
$24.50 at Commodore Ballroom

Saturday, June 19
Following an appearance at this year's MUTEK, wildly eccentric electronic duo Matmos are visiting Vancouver. These guys don't make it here often so don't waste the opportunity.

So Percussion
$20 at Biltmore Cabaret

Sunday, June 20
If you're itching for a full helping of soul, don't miss out on this appearance from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. They'll be serving it up and then some.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
$32.50 at Commodore Ballroom


Thursday, June 17
Earlier this week, Calgary's beloved DIY all-ages space, Comrad Sound, was served with an order from the City of Calgary to stop having shows or face major fines. As a result, all of their concerts for the rest of June have been canceled. To show their support, Broken City is hosting a benefit show with local acts, karaoke and other fun goings-on.

The Throwaways
$10 at Broken City

Saturday, June 19
Even if you only know them for one song, politically charged hip-hop group Dead Prez will likely demolish the sound system at the Dickens Pub when they play their bass-heavy anthem "Hip-Hop." It's also a good opportunity to check out some tracks from their upcoming Revolutionary But Gangsta album due next week.

Dead Prez
$TBA at Dickens Pub

Sunday, June 20
Indie rock experimenter Chad VanGaalen will take to the stage at the Communitea Cafe for a rare hometown performance. VanGaalen's live show can go in any number of directions, so there's no question this will be worth checking out.

Chad VanGaalen
$20 at Communitea


Thursday, June 17
Edmonton garage pop newcomers Brazilian Money headline a diverse show that also features local rapper the Joe and Victoria's Slam Dunk. One word of advice: if you plan to take a cab there, practice saying the venue's name out loud before you call.

Brazilian Money
Slam Dunk
The Joe
$TBA at Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus


Thursday, June 17
As Torontonians know all too well, this week is NXNE, so there are more than a few options out there, making concert-going decision-making a tough task indeed. But for Thursday, we're most pumped about this showcase featuring Thee Oh Sees, Best Coast and Women. It's going to hit that garage pop sweet spot like nothing else.

Thee Oh Sees
Best Coast
Demon's Claws
$15 or free with wristband at The Great Hall

Friday, June 18
Again, it's tough to pick just one show this Friday night, but since we're being forced to, we recommend this throwdown with Japandroids, Wavves and Grooms. After all, when have Japandroids been anything but awesome live? (Though we can't say the same for Wavves.)

P.S. I Love You
Happy Hollows
$20 or free with wristband Lee's Palace

Saturday, June 19
If you're looking to make an entire day out of your concert-going, there's no better place to be than Toronto Island on Saturday. With performances from Broken Social Scene, Beach House, Band of Horses and the mighty Pavement, it's hard not to get more than a little excited about this one.

Broken Social Scene
Band of Horses
Beach House
Timber Timbre
$49.50 at Toronto Island


Thursday, June 17
Victoria, BC indie rock weirdos Frog Eyes are pairing up with Pearly Gate Music for a night of serious musical eccentricities. Get ready to wave that freak flag.

Frog Eyes
Pearly Gate Music
$15 at Il Motore

Friday, June 18
If you've yet to see the crushing sonic assault that is HEALTH live, now is your chance. Backed by Indian Jewelry, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Jeff the Brotherhood and Gold Panda, this is guaranteed to get those ears ringing in the best way possible.

Indian Jewelry
Quintron & Miss Pussycat
Jeff the Brotherhood
Gold Panda
$15 (advance)/$18 (door) at La Sala Rossa

Saturday, June 19
Continuing on with their No Ghosts tour, the Acorn are bringing their folked-out sounds to Montreal, and they're bringing strummer Leif Vollebekk to lend a little opening support.

The Acorn
Leif Vollebekk
$10 (advance)/$12 (door) at Club Lambi