Shad, Peter Bjorn and John, Sharon Jones and Mother Mother Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Shad, Peter Bjorn and John, Sharon Jones and Mother Mother Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As per usual, we here at Exclaim! have your weekly concert guide ready and it's another week full of awesome gigging. Check out this week's Can't Miss Concerts to see what shows will make your agenda for Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, May 5
Mother Mother's catchy indie rock tunes and male vs. female vocal interplay on Eureka have been earning them a bigger and bigger following in recent months, and now the band are set to surge their way into the Commodore Ballroom. Old fans may get to see their band continue to realize their potential, while curious souls may discover a new gem.

Mother Mother
$20 to $25 at the Commodore Ballroom

Friday, May 6
The Interurban Gallery is about to be hijacked by tattoos, beards and all things metal when Baptists take the stage. With any luck, the band's blistering pace and uncageable anger will convince their growing fanbase they're destined for greater things.

$10 at the Interurban Gallery

Saturday, May 7
Vancouver, BC hip-hop star Shad is only continuing to build on the success of his Juno and TSOL, his most recent album, at the Fortune Sound Club. Exclaim! cover star Miracle Fortress will provide solid support with new tracks from his new Was I the Wave? album. And, hey, the Scion-presented show is in honour of our 19th anniversary, which we're pumped to celebrate.

Miracle Fortress
$17.50 at Fortune Sound Club


Friday, May 6
Vancouver, BC roots musician Steve Dawson is bringing his laidback acoustic guitar stylings to the Ironwood Stage and Grill. Those clever enough to grab a spot near the small stage will reap the rewards of what's likely to be a great, intimate live set of tracks from Nightshade, Dawson's most recent album.

Steve Dawson
$20 at the Ironwood Bar and Grill

Saturday, May 7
While he may not actually be an "old man," Chris Luedecke's voice, banjo, foot-stomping and fascination with bacon have a tendency to combine into a sound that displays wisdom far beyond his years. Fans can experience both the joy of cooking and solid new tunes from his most recent album, My Hands Are on Fire and Other Love Songs.

Old Man Luedecke
Ladies of the Canyon
$20 advance, $25 door at the Communitea Cafe


Friday, May 6
Peter Bjorn and John are bringing their special brand of indie rock to Lee's Palace all the way from Stockholm, and you'd best pay attention if you're enjoying the songs on Gimme Some, their new album. Older favourites like "Young Folks" and "Amsterdam" will please longtime fans, while the newer tracks should impress those who hold 2006's Writer's Block dear.

Peter Bjorn and John
$20 advance, $25 door at Lee's Palace

Saturday, May 7
Fake Problems' upcoming gig at the El Mocambo bears the distinction of packing in by far the most music for your money. Not only do you get to check out the band's eclectic, punk-edged rock styling, but you also have the like-minded Laura Stevenson and the Cans and Into It. Over It.

Fake Problems
Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Into It. Over It.
$11.50 advance, $13 door at the El Mocambo

Sunday, May 8
German music veterans Rammstein are hellbent on conquering the Air Canada Centre with their unique brand of irony and metal. All those who discovered the band from early singles like "Du Hast" can now aid them in their conquest by celebrating alongside tracks from Liebe Ist für Alle Da, their most recent album.

$39.50 to $85.50 at the Air Canada Centre


Sunday, May 8
Professional harpist, circus veteran and singer-songwriter Baby Dee is about to flood the Casa Del Popolo with her new batch of wrenching, heartfelt ballads from Regifted Light, her new album. Anyone who counts themselves in the Antony and the Johnsons camp owes it to themselves to discover Dee's charms.

Baby Dee
$12 at Casa Del Popolo

Monday, May 9
Anyone in Montreal who's still spinning their old Band and Grateful Dead records as they wait for something new and exciting should drop what they're doing and go check out Saskatchewan's Deep Dark Woods' set at Il Motore. The group's sound effortlessly evokes some of those bands' finest moments, and the live set is unlikely to disappoint.

The Deep Dark Woods
Shuyler Jansen
$10 at Il Motore

Tuesday, May 10
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are about to infuse the Metropolis with a heavy dose of old-school R&B fresh from I Learned the Hard Way, their newest album. Anyone who's been waiting for a chance to groove out live to "The Game Gets Old" since last year had best get the funk over to the show.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
$28.50 advance, $30 door at Metropolis