Rural Alberta Advantage, Rock the Bells and Cryptacize Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Rural Alberta Advantage, Rock the Bells and Cryptacize Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
From the prairie rock of Rural Alberta Advantage to the hip-hop juggernaut that is Rock the Bells and the improvised music experimentation of Jesse Stewart, it's another eclectic cross-section of sounds in this week's Can't Miss Concerts across Canada's major music hotspots.

Vancouver

Saturday, July 4

Mint Records' Hot Panda left their hometown of Edmonton a few weeks ago and the spirited pop band wind their tour closer to home with a Vancouver stop this weekend.

Hot Panda
The Enemy Feathers
Alouette Lake and Palmer 
Way to Go Einstein 
$10 at the Railway Club 

Sunday, July 5

The surprise breakout band of the year, the Rural Alberta Advantage test their new-found fame by hitting the road with their scrappy folk pop.

The Rural Alberta Advantage
Hermetic 
$12 at the Media Club

Toronto

Friday, July 3

One of the weirdest and most ingenious young pop minds in Ontario, Gregory Pepper brings His Problems to Toronto for a show celebrating his amazing new record, With Trumpets Flaring.

Gregory Pepper & His Problems 
Alphabot! 
 $5 at The Drake

Saturday, July 4

As part of the continuing "Secret Sessions" series curated by Aux TV and TARA, melancholy singer-songwriter Barzin and a killer band perform songs from his new album, Notes to an Absent Lover.

Barzin
Free at The Audio Recording Academy

Sunday, July 5

The hottest annual tour in hip hop returns to Toronto with another strong line-up.

Rock the Bells  (feat. Nas, Damian Marley, Common, Busta Rhymes and more)
$29.50 to $150 at The Molson Amphitheatre

Montreal

Friday, July 3

Master percussionist Jesse Stewart leaves his Ottawa digs for a solo performance preceded by a collaboration with skilled musicians Matana Roberts (alto saxophone), Nicolas Caloia (bass) and Gordon Allen (trumpet).

Jesse Stewart
Matana Roberts
Nicolas Caloia 
Gordon Allen
$7 at L'Envers

Saturday, July 4

I'm not exactly sure what this event consists of but it sounds very intriguing.

Weekend in the Pines Subversive Film & Music Festival 
Subversive Short Film Program #2: Curated by Cinema Abattoir (films to be announced shortly)
Karl Lemieux film projection performance with Hyena Hive and guests Chromosphere, Dreamcatcher, Bill Nace (USA), Metalux (USA)
$TBA at The Pines 

Tuesday, July 7

Geez, good luck getting into this wet-dream line-up for hipsters and fans of inventive indie rock.

Cryptacize
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Golden Isles 
$10/$12 at Il Motore