Tokyo Police Club, Duffy and the Doubters, the Pack A.D. and the Besnard Lakes Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Tokyo Police Club, Duffy and the Doubters, the Pack A.D. and the Besnard Lakes Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Exclaim!'s Can't Miss Concerts is back for a brand new year. As is our Thursday tradition, we have dug through the mass of Canadian concert listings to give you our weekly concert guide for Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. Here's what we deem your best concert bets for this wintery week.


Saturday, January 15
Here's a show filled with religious connotations. This is a hometown gig for the Vancouver-based Duffy and the Doubters (Duffy Driediger of Ladyhawk), who are supporting their debut, Scriptural Supplies. Along with Sex Church and To Bad Catholics, this spirited trio of groups will look to the heavens and beyond.

Duffy and the Doubters
Sex Church
To Bad Catholics
$10 at Interurban Gallery

Sunday, January 16
Peter Wolf Crier are a Minneapolis-based duo of Peter Pisano and Brian. These masters of rustic and organic indie rock team up with the equally earthy yet rockier Low offshoot Retribution Gospel Choir at the Media Club. Peter Wolf Crier are touring in support of their debut album Inter-Be. Just by being there, the men in attendance will grow full beard on the spot.

Peter Wolf Crier
Retribution Gospel Choir
$13 at The Media Club

Wednesday, January 19
The Handsome Family bring their fragile, haunting and captivating folk and country blend to town with Sean Rowe as support. Talk about a guy with a distinctive voice, the unsigned Rowe is bound to get picked up before you can blink. Greg Brown meets Leonard Cohen? Yes please.

The Handsome Family
Sean Rowe
$15 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, January 13
Calgary keeps it strong and tight with an all-local threesome for the ages. Bikeland are loud, loud, loud. Their blend of punk and garage rock bombast, smile-inducing lyrics and screeching vocals make the John Spencer Blues Explosion sound like current-day Weezer. The Mandates will back them up in this off-the-cuff rock mission, but it's Seizure Salad who will leave you scratching your head in the best way possible, with their impossible-to-describe punk.

The Mandates
Seizure Salad
$6 at Broken City

Friday January 14
The city's love affair with all things rock, punk and garage has no end in sight because Vancouver's the Pack A.D. do all three in their own carefree fashion. The guitar/drums duo is only playing two more shows before heading into studio to record the follow-up to their well-received We Kill Computers. Support comes from Decoydecoy and DB Buxton.

The Pack A.D.
DB Buxton
$12.50 advance/$15 door at the Gateway


Thursday, January 13
Sandman Viper Command sound entirely too wise for their age. Their fuzzy and energetic rock is as hook-laden as it gets, much like a cross between Pavement and Japandroids. Pairing up with the young sensations are equally infectious Meligrove Band, who we once called "glossy and greasy at its best."

Sandman Viper Command
The Meligrove Band
$10 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, January 14
The mish-mash found in Stanton Warriors' crazy beats are ridiculous. This London, UK duo are being generous to their fans, what with their tracks being streamable via various means found on their website. So you'll know what you are in for on the dance floor.

Stanton Warriors
TBD at the Guvernment

Saturday, January 15
Remember Cracker? Well, they're still at it, touring on the backs of old hits that we're sure will make a lot of diehard fans very happy. You'll want to catch them playing with their good and interesting friends in Camper Van Beethoven, who once upon a time did a split with Calexico.

Camper Van Beethoven
$24.50 advance/$27 door at Lee's Place


Saturday, January 15
The Besnard Lakes will be back home in Montreal. Armed with delicious vocal harmonies, gratifying crescendos and poppy psychedelia heard on Are the Roaring Night. They are sharing the moment with the ever-so-fresh locals Suuns, and be sure to show up early to catch California's Valleys, who somehow manage to make distorted shoegaze and pretty indie rock make perfect sense.

The Besnard Lakes
$15 at Cabaret Mile End

Sunday January 16
Beloved pop rockers Tokyo Police Club will be hitting Montreal this weekend. Support will come from Two Door Cinema Club, who have perfected teenage electro-pop, and Exclaim! faves PS I Love You are also on the docket.

Tokyo Police Club
Two Door Cinema Club
PS I love You
$20 advance / $22.50 door at Club Soda