Sled Island, Japandroids, Mountain Goats and Corrosion of Conformity Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Sled Island, Japandroids, Mountain Goats and Corrosion of Conformity Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Another week means another summer festival, but that's not the only way to catch some great live music this week. Whether you're coordinating your schedule to include all your favourite acts at Sled Island, or looking to relax after running the gamut of venues at NXNE, there's plenty of events to choose from. Here are some of the highlights from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

Vancouver

Thursday, June 21
Phil Elverum's lo-fi indie project Mount Eerie will be up north from his border-hugging base in Anacortes, WA for a show on Thursday at the Rickshaw Theatre. Elverum has no shortage of material to draw from, with six Mount Eerie LPs (and numerous other releases) under his belt, and is currently touring in support of his two 2012 albums. His next offering, Ocean Roar, is set to drop on September 4, but who knows -- this week's show could include a preview.

Mount Eerie
Hungry Cloud Darkening
Motorbikes
The Dyeing Merchants
$12 at the Rickshaw Theatre

Friday, June 22
John Darnielle will kick off a solo tour this Friday highlighting his long-running Mountain Goats project. Chances are, you'll get to listen to tracks from 2011's All Eternals Deck and the upcoming release Transcendental Youth. But with Darnielle doing this one on his lonesome, who knows what he'll be cooking up.

The Mountain Goats
Dustin Wong
$25 at Rio Theatre

Saturday, June 23
On tour following the release of their latest album, Synthetica, Metric will be playing an invite-only (kind of) show at the Commodore Ballroom. The evening's events, which will serve in part as a celebration of the album's launch, are free of charge to the lucky fans that RSVP'd with the correct answer to three trivia questions about the band. The stop in Vancouver will be the last of a series of gratis concerts that Metric have put on this month, including stops in Toronto, L.A. and New York.

Metric
TBA at the Commodore Ballroom

Calgary

Thursday, June 21
Well, Calgary, it's finally here: the almighty Sled Island. There are tons of great shows up for grabs the next few days, but if you're looking for the Sled Island show most likely to please electronic fans, head to the Hillhurst United Church this Thursday. The lineup is only two acts deep, but features the talents of Tim Hecker and CFCF. And the pair of Montreal artists should have enough tripped-out electronic wizardry between them to guarantee a memorable night.

Tim Hecker
CFCF
$18.25 at Hillhurst United Church

Friday, June 22
In another Sled Island highlight, Canadian favourite Feist will take the stage at Olympic Plaza, just days after being named to the shortlist for this year's Polaris Music Prize. Her latest album, 2011's Metals, garnered the honour. She'll be preceded by the chilling tunes of Ontario folk outfit Timber Timbre and Vancouver's Wake Owl.

Feist
Timber Timbre
Wake Owl
$51.50 at Olympic Plaza

Saturday, June 23
Recently reunited indie rockers Archers of Loaf are on the road again this summer, with a slot at last week's NXNE under their belts, and several summer stops scheduled over the next two months. The band haven't released new material since 1998, but if you're in the mood for some '90s college rock nostalgia, their Sled Island appearance this Saturday is probably your best bet.

Archers of Loaf
Bend Sinister
Camp Radio
Needles//Pins
TBA at Republik

Toronto

Thursday, June 21
North Carolina's Corrosion of Conformity are on the road in support of their eighth studio album, a self-titled release that dropped back in February. Despite a brief hiatus, the thrash metal veterans have been as productive as ever since getting back together, putting out a full length albums, an EP and a compilation disc since their initial reunion. They'll be joined this week by Miami's Torche, as well as Black Cobra and Gaza.

Corrosion of Conformity
Torche
Black Cobra
Gaza
$20 at the Opera House

Friday, June 22
Neo-soul artist Janelle Monáe will be in town to kick off the weekend this Friday, armed with her signature, funk-tinged tunes and distinctive coif. The songwriter has been particularly busy lately, collaborating with the likes of fun. and Estelle, and this week's show as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival will be just the second of a series of festival dates and headlining slots between now and October.

Janelle Monáe
$62.50 advance at Nathan Phillips Square

Saturday, June 23
Vancouver noise rock duo Japandroids are on the road following the release of their sophomore (and Exclaim!-approved) album, Celebration Rock. It's safe to expect a combination of the band's boisterous new tunes and material from their 2009 debut, Post-Nothing. They'll be joined Edmonton hip-hop artist Cadence Weapon, whose recently released Hope in Dirt City also got our thumbs-up.

Japandroids
Cadence Weapon
$15 at Lee's Palace

Montreal

Thursday, June 21
Vancouver-based indie heroes Destroyer kicked off their latest North American tour nearly a month ago, and will be making their first Canadian appearance of the trip this Thursday at the Rialto. Last year's Kaputt was among the most critically lauded Canadian albums of the year, with songwriter Dan Bejar and company picking up a Juno nomination for the release. The full band will take the stage following Toronto's Sandro Perri.

Destroyer
Sandro Perri
$17 advance, $20 door at Rialto

Friday, June 22
Corrosion of Conformity will be heading east on Friday, to follow up their Toronto appearance with a set in Montreal. Friday's show will be their last Canadian date, before heading off to the Czech Republic for the first of a pair of festival shows.

Corrosion of Conformity
Torche
Black Cobra
Gaza
$17 advance, $20 door at Foufounes Electriques

Monday, June 25
Monday's show will be Japandroids' last Canadian stop until they return home to Vancouver following a string of shows south of the border. Again, the evening's double-bill will also feature the talents of Cadence Weapon, meaning concertgoers will definitely be getting some bang for their buck if they show up early, with two ascending Canadian acts on the ticket.

Japandroids
Cadence Weapon
$12 advance, $15 door at La Sala Rossa