Rural Alberta Advantage, Junip, Kurt Vile and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Rural Alberta Advantage, Junip, Kurt Vile and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As is our Thursday tradition, we have sifted 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, November 4
If you're looking to hear what the Pains of Being Pure at Heart have cooked up for their upcoming full-length, now is your chance -- the NYC indie pop act will play the Media Club tonight. Fellow Slumberland act Weekend support.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
$17 at the Media Club

Friday, November 5
The Soft Pack will co-headline at the Biltmore Cabaret with Kurt Vile and the Violators this Friday. And if you're looking to get an extra dose of Vile, the psych-loving Philly folkster will be playing an acoustic in-store at Zulu Records from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Soft Pack
Kurt Vile and the Violators
$14 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, November 6
Rural Alberta Advantage are getting set for their upcoming sophomore effort and here's your shot at hearing those new songs live and in the flesh. The show is sold-out, but if you get there early enough, a limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door.

The Rural Alberta Advantage
Pepper Rabbit
Imaginary Cities
$13 at theBiltmore Cabaret


Thursday, November 4
Vancouver, BC's SSRIs will bring their psychedelic punk sounds and insane drumming to Broken City tonight, along with the high-energy This City Defects. I Kill You open the festivities.

This City Defects
I Kill You
$TBD at theBroken City

Saturday, November 6
Toronto's the Warped 45s will soon buckle down to record a new album, but before they do, you can catch them live on their Canadian tour. Get ready for that blue-collar sound and sweet, sweet vocal harmonies.

The Warped 45s
$10 at the Ironwood Stage and Grill

Wednesday, November 10
The Creepshow will play a free show this coming Wednesday as part of their North American tour in support of their new release, They All Fall Down. And when you mix free and psychobilly, you know it's going to get crazy.

The Creepshow
The Afterbeat
Los Furios
FREE at the Ship & Anchor


Friday, November 5
Seattle, WA melodic thrash metal legends Nevermore are set to invade Alberta. Their seventh album, The Obsidian Conspiracy, was released earlier this year, and this epic show will also include Warbringer, Blackguard and Hatesphere.

$26.50 at the Pawn Shop

Wednesday, November 10
Hailing from Antigonish, NS, rockers the Trews will play Festival Place in Sherwood Park. For a taste of what to expect, check out the Trews' 2009 live acoustic album, Acoustic -- Friends & Total Strangers.

The Trews
Tim Chaisson
$34.75 at the Festival Place (Sherwood Park)


Thursday, November 4
Say Anything and Motion City Soundtrack will bring the pop punk to the Sound Academy tonight in Toronto. And if that's not enough for you, emo vets Saves the Day will provide opening support.

Say Anything
Motion City Soundtrack
Saves the Day
$35 at the Sound Academy

Friday, November 5
Much-loved Swedish folkie Jose Gonzalez is bringing his group, Junip, to town. And with their standout album, Fields still going down nicely, this is definitely one to check out. Brooklyn, NY's Sharon Van Etten will open the show with her indie/ambient sounds.

Sharon Van Etten
$15 advance/$18 door at Lee's Palace

Saturday, November 6
With the buzz building and building for the Wooden Sky, you may want to check out the band now before they are no longer Toronto's little secret. And you can do just that this Saturday at Lee's. Also, you get Yukon Blonde and These United States as part of the deal.

The Wooden Sky
Yukon Blonde
These United States
$15 advance/$18 door at Lee's Palace


Thursday, November 4
Before chilling out Toronto, Jose Gonzalez and Junip will pay Montreal a visit. Their recent album, Fields, earned our Mark of Excellence and there's a good reason for that.

Sharon Van Etten
$15 advance/$16 door at Le Belmont

Saturday, November 6
Mellowed-out Cali dudes the Morning Benders are still out on the road supporting their much-loved Big Echo release. And now it's Montreal's chance to see what all the buzz is about. Check them out with Twin Sister and Oberhofer.

The Morning Benders
Twin Sister
$15 at Le Cabaret Du Mile End

Tuesday, November 11
Liverpool weird pop unit Clinic hit up Montreal, giving the city a taste of Bubblegum. Sweetening the deal, garage pop experts the Fresh and Onlys and Montreal's Grimes share the bill.

The Fresh and Onlys
$15 advance/$18 at door at La Sala Rossa