Portishead, Wild Beasts, Opeth and Lindstrom Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Portishead, Wild Beasts, Opeth and Lindstrom Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you can catch a break from stuffing your face with Thanksgiving turkey this weekend, Exclaim.ca has selected some of the best live shows coming to town in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal this week.


Thursday, October 6
Thursday night will see a set at the Cobalt, showcasing tons of local talent. Expect set from the psychedelic six-piece Capitol 6, the "chameleon-like" Shilohs and fellow Vancouverites the High Drops.

Capital 6
The Shilohs
The High Drops
$7 at the Cobalt

Friday, October 7
Nika Roza Danilova, better known as Zola Jesus, released her third album Conatus this week. So if you're curious how it comes across in the flesh, check out Zola's blend of synth pop and goth rock live on stage.

Zola Jesus
$14 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, October 8
The UK's Mercury Prize-nominated post-punk art rockers Wild Beasts continue touring in support of this year's Smother with a stop in Vancity on Saturday evening. Releasing their third album to rave reviews, if their live show comes anywhere close to the magic they capture in recordings, this is a show you don't want to miss. They share the bill with lo-fi electronic act EMA.

Wild Beasts
$15 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, October 6
Kitchener, ON's Danny Michel isn't new at touring. He's completed numerous solo tours, in addition to playing as part of Sarah Harmer's band. A seasoned pro, Michel will be appearing in Banff tonight, promoting his latest record Sunset Sea.

Danny Michel
$15 at Banff Centre

Saturday, October 8
Norwegian metal band Enslaved are in the midst of a West Coast tour and will be playing at Calgary's Dickens Pub on Saturday night. Support comes from one-man French shoegaze-metal act Alcest and Boston group Junius.

$TBA at Dickens Pub

Tuesday, October 11
Swedish progressive metal group Opeth released their tenth studio album Heritage last month to impressive reviews, so it would seem that now is the perfect time to catch them live. Fellow Swedes Katatonia will share the bill, making the show a must-see for metal fans.

$30 at MacEwan Hall Ballroom


Thursday, October 6
Syracuse, NY indie rockers Ra Ra Riot have shared the studio with members of Death Cab for Cutie and Vampire Weekend, gaining credibility from fans and peers alike. Though their sound may not be as aggressive as the name implies, the six-piece ensemble are sure to put on a great live show. Toronto indie band Dinosaur Bones will open.

Ra Ra Riot
Dinosaur Bones
$17.50 advance, $20 door at Lee's Palace

Friday, October 7
Norwegian producer Lindstrom will be making a stop in Toronto this weekend. Known for remixing high-profile artists like LCD Soundsystem and Franz Ferdinand, in addition to his own work and Feedelity label, this is a gig that electronic music fans will want to be at.

$15 at the Mod Club

Tuesday, October 11
Featuring members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and the Minders, Wild Flag might not be fans of the term "supergroup," but there's no doubt they'll be putting on a great show at Lee's Palace. Making for perfect way to get back in the swing of things after a long weekend, head out to see this concert. Austin band YellowFever will be opening.

Wild Flag
$20 advance, $23 door at Lee's Palace


Thursday, October 6
Explosions in the Sky hail from Texas and are known for their explosive post-rock instrumental live sets. The band released Take Care, Take Care, Take Care earlier this year and will be bringing their energetic show to Montreal on Thursday night (with a stop in Toronto the next night). Named for their home state of Maryland's official tree, two-member indie outfit Wye Oak will be providing support.

Explosions in the Sky
Wye Oak
$22.50 at Metropolis

Friday, October 7
Experimental UK trip-hoppers Portishead excited fans with their tour announcements this summer, and now the time has come for the trio's stop in Montreal. Despite not having released an album since 2008, there have been rumours of work starting on the band's fourth record. Perhaps they'll even debut new material during their live show. The only way to find out is to head down to Old Montreal this weekend and catch the concert. Thought Forms will be opening. (Portishead will also be playing in Toronto on October 9 and 10.)

Thought Forms
$55 advance, $60 door at Jacques Cartier Quay

Saturday, October 8
Sensitive songwriting genius Jonathan Richman will be continuing his current tour with a show at La Sala Rossa on Saturday night. Beloved for his work with the Modern Lovers, as well as his solo career, this is a show fans will not want to skip out on.

Jonathan Richman
$18 advance, $20 door at La Sala Rossa