Wyrd Fest, Lykke Li, Arctic Monkeys and Austra Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Wyrd Fest, Lykke Li, Arctic Monkeys and Austra Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
The May long weekend is upon us, which means it's a prime time to hit up a show or three. Check out this week's Can't Miss Concerts to see which concerts could make your weekend agenda for Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

Vancouver

Friday, May 20
Fans of the New Pornographers have noticed by now that Neko Case isn't the band's only female vocalist, nor is she the band's only female solo artist. Kathryn Calder, who has built herself up from playing with not only the New Pornographers but also Immaculate Machine, is now singing and strumming her way through the indie world with her tunes in support of Are You My Mother?, her debut album, and you'd be wise to investigate.

Kathryn Calder
The Himalayan Bear
Louise Burns
$12 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, May 21
How best to honour the rarity of a metal radio show that has been around 25 years? Get a bunch of metal bands, grab your leather jacket and hurry down to the Rickshaw Theatre to see Woods of Ypres, Titans Eve, Scissortooth, Scythia, Magnus Rising and Auroch pound the stage into oblivion for Powerchord Metal Radio's anniversary!

Woods of Ypres
Titans Eve
Scissortooth
Scythia
Magnus Rising
Auroch
$10 to $15 at the Rickshaw Theatre

Sunday, May 22
Wyrd Fest is embarking upon its most expansive tour yet with a stop in Vancouver and others in Calgary and Edmonton this weekend. The spacey rock of Red Mass and the sparse, lo-fi tunes of Dirty Beaches will be among many of those rocking the Waldorf Hotel, and you'd be foolish to miss out on this budding festival of talent. Oh, and that list of artists below? That's only scratching the surface of what's in store. Head here for more fest info and the complete lineup.

Red Mass
Dirty Beaches
Gobble Gobble
Babysitter
Needles//Pins
B-Lines
Grown-Ups
$20 at the Waldorf Hotel

Calgary

Thursday, May 19
Black metal fans in the Prairies can look forward to some richly orchestrated epics as Woods of Ypres bring their tortured lyrics, chants and refrains to Calgary. The ambient metal sounds of Illuminated Minerva and other like-minded metalheads Moradin and Titans Eve will support, adding some serious bang to that $10 ticket.

Woods of Ypres
Illuminated Minerva
Moradin
Titans Eve
$10 at Distillery Public House

Saturday, May 21
Just before its first ever show in Vancouver, Wyrd Fest is returning to Calgary for another hardcore dose of some of Canada's finest new, weird rock talent. Red Mass's psychedelic rockout will be in full force, and you can count on Gobble Gobble to seriously mess things up. Head here for more fest info and the complete lineup.

Red Mass
Gobble Gobble
Faux Fur
The Gooeys
Topless Mongos
Ketamines
$20 at Royal Legion No. 1

Sunday, May 22
Calgary had best get ready for some big hooks, boomin' beats and tripped-out, acid-fuelled grooves, as Sleigh Bells and Neon Indian are about to hijack Republik Nightclub. Anyone who's had their body rocked by "Crown on the Ground" or "Rill Rill" before will rightly insist that you give those hooks a chance live, while Neon Indian is poised to churn out a catchy soundtrack to an upcoming deadbeat summer.

Sleigh Bells
Neon Indian
$25 at Republik Nightclub

Toronto

Thursday, May 19
Toronto music fans have been among the first to witness the rise of the goth-inspired, new wave electronic pop of Austra, and they'll have another chance this coming Thursday at Lee's Palace. Katie Stelmanis's classically trained vocals and the band's knack for memorable minor key tunes make them a force to be reckoned with, and it's unlikely that anyone who's heard songs like "Lose It" and "Beat and the Pulse" live will disagree.

Austra
Trust
$10.50 at Lee's Palace

Friday, May 20
Those who yearn for some quality old-school R&B will have a solid chance to satisfy their hunger this Friday when Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings transform the Garrick Centre into funkytown. Those unfamiliar with these tunes have have two choices: either take a chance on great new grooves like "The Game Gets Old" or learn the hard way that you missed out.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Black Joe Lewis
$30 advance, $35 door at the Garrick Centre

Sunday, May 22
Swedish indie pop songstress Lykke Li is set to shower fans with her smart pop hooks, sweetly devious vocals and wounded rhymes. Anyone who has come to admire Li's continuing evolution into a mischievous, charming singer with a knack for hitting listeners straight in the heart should hurry over to the Phoenix to witness her power.

Lykke Li
Grimes
SOLD OUT at the Phoenix Concert Theatre

Montreal

Friday, May 20
Exclaim! cover star Miracle Fortress is heading home and giving his excellent new album, Was I the Wave?, the live treatment in Montreal. Those who've lost sight of Graham Van Pelt's talent over the past few years will get a warm reminder once they hear tracks like "Miscalculations" and "Raw Spectacle" live.

Miracle Fortress
Mozart's Sister
Hear Hums
$13.20 at the Torn Curtain

Saturday, May 21
Just before her stop in Toronto, Lykke Li is going to fill the Metropolis with her tales of lust, heartbreak and unhappy rich kids. Hard to pigeonhole and even harder to stop listening to, you'd be wise to heed Li's call and take in some of her new Wounded Rhymes.

Lykke Li
Grimes
$29 advance, $32 door at Metropolis

Sunday, May 22
A certain romance will take place at the Olympia this Sunday when the Arctic Monkeys bring their songs celebrating late nights out, laddism and loud guitars. If the idea of the band coming all the way from Britain doesn't already make you want to go, then maybe the notion of "Fluorescent Adolescent" and "Mardy Bum" live, not to mention tracks from their album, Suck It and See, might show you what you're missing out on.

Arctic Monkeys
The Vaccines
$32.50 advance, $35 door at l'Olympia