Sled Island, Melvins, Jenny Omnichord, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and John Zorn Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Sled Island, Melvins, Jenny Omnichord, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and John Zorn Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As is our Thursday tradition, we have dug 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.


Friday, July 2
San Fran garage punker Ty Segall is bringing the lo-fi racket, and he has Ian Svenonius's Chain and the Gang to lend a helping hand. A perfect way to ring in the post-Canada Day weekend.

Ty Segall
Chain and the Gang
$14 at Media Club

Saturday, July 3
As part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, rock'n'roll weirdos Deerhoof are gracing the city with their always-wacky live show. If we're in luck, we'll also get a taste of Deerhoof's new full-length, which the band are in the midst of recording.

Fond of Tigers
$25 at Commodore Ballroom

Monday, July 5
All right, time to get heavy, guys - Melvins are coming to town. Following their Sled Island throw-down, the sludge rock heroes are hitting the coast for a show that's guaranteed to be more than a little strange and unpredictable, not to mention loud.

$25 at Rickshaw Theatre


Thursday, July 1
By today, Sled Island is in full gear, and the reality of so many amazing bands at once is sinking in. As the festival grows, more acts of all types are scheduled, and while it's exciting, it also means more likelihood for schedule conflicts. Thursday's number one pick, however, would have to be the Black Lips' headlining slot at the Legion, where they'll be joined by Panther, Topless Mongos and many others.

The Black Lips
Bloodshot Bill
Topless Mongos
With festival pass at the Legion

Friday, July 2
Keeping in mind that every day at Sled Island is chock full of non-stop Can't Miss Concerts, our top pick for Friday would have to be the Melvins's headlining slot at the legendary Republik. With support from Big Business, who also comprise the current Melvins lineup, this will be a mind-numbingly heavy show in all the best ways.

Big Business

With festival pass at Republik

Saturday, July 3
Saturday's no-brainer pick is the Fucked Up-curated showcase at the Legion, which includes appearances from GZA, No Age, White Lung and numerous other performers. Marked with diversity and taking place in one of Calgary's best venues, this is likely going to blow minds.

Fucked Up
No Age
White Lung
With festival pass at the Legion


Saturday, July 3
After their Sled Island stint, inimitable Toronto rockers C'Mon will take Edmonton by storm with their guitar-heavy anthems. Playing tracks from their brand new Beyond the Pale Horse album, the band will prove that there is only one Ian Blurton.

$TBA at the Pawnshop

Sunday, July 4
Post-Mae Shi electronic punks Signals are bringing their new material to Alberta for the first time with their Sled Island-centred tour. After that, they'll take the brief trip to Edmonton, where they'll join the stage with criminally underrated post-hardcore quartet Bayonets!!! for a night of truly spastic mayhem.

$TBA at New City


Thursday, July 1
Canuck alt-country kings the Sadies are helping ring in Canada's 143rd birthday, and you can watch it all go down for the price of free.

The Sadies
FREE at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W.)

Friday, July 2
Celebrating the release of her new All Our Little Bones (and cross-Canada board game), Jenny Omnichord is cozying up at the Rivoli for this record release show. As Omnichord's press release tells us, "At this dazzle-fine event she will be accompanied by her top-notch band and a variety of other strange and affable Label Fantastic! affiliated friends." It also add: "Not to be missed! A night not easily forgotten!" We're going to hold Jenny to that.

Jenny Omnichord
Wax Mannequin
JJ Ipsen
$TBA at The Rivoli

Saturday, July 3
Anthemic epic rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks are once again leaving their Scottish homeland to pay Toronto a visit. Emotive Torontonians the Coast offer up some opening sounds.

We Were Promised Jetpacks
The Coast
$13.50 (advance)/$16 (doors) at Horseshoe Tavern


Thursday, July 1
If you're looking for a night of offshoots, well, here's one for you. Le Tigre side-project Men are teaming up with post-Organ outfit Lovers Love Haters. A night full of electro floor-fillers, guaranteed.

Lovers Love Haters
$14 (advance)/$18 (doors) at Il Motore

Friday, July 2
As part of the Montreal Jazz Festival, NYC avant-garde queen Laurie Anderson is pairing up with hubbie (and Velvet Underground frontman) Lou Reed and sax champ John Zorn. Seriously, a bunch of rock'n'roll fantasies are getting fulfilled tonight.

Laurie Anderson
Lou Reed
John Zorn
$56.38 to $86.38 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Monday, July 5
Toronto electronic noisemakers Holy Fuck are once again hitting up Montreal. But considering how devastating their live show is, it's always worth coming back for more.

Holy Fuck
$TBA at Club Soda