The XX, Peaking Lights, Calgary Folk Fest and tUnE-yArDs Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

The XX, Peaking Lights, Calgary Folk Fest and tUnE-yArDs Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
From pulsing electronic sets to laid-back indie fare, this week's must-see concerts have something to satisfy just about all musical tastes. Check out our roundup of the best live performances on the road to find out which artists will be making stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal over the next few days.


Thursday, July 26
If you're looking to get your weekend started early, this Thursday's DJ set by British producer and musician Bonobo (otherwise known as Simon Green) should make for a chilled-out, beat-heavy evening. Although Green often takes the stage with an extended band, featuring a variety of instruments, he'll be flying solo for the remainder of his current tour. Expect to hear plenty of tracks from his 2010 masterpiece, Black Sands, which was remixed and reissued earlier this year.

$20 at Fortune Sound Club

Friday, July 27
Just over a month ago, Aaron Doyes and Indra Dunis, the husband and wife team behind genre-melding electro project Peaking Lights, dropped their third album together, the eight-song LP Lucifer. Following the birth of their first child (who makes a cameo appearance on the album), Doyes stated that the album touches on themes of "playfulness," "unconditional love" and "creation," so their set this weekend will likely see their brand of synthetic melodies paired with decidedly good vibes. Vancouver's own V Vecker Ensemble and White Poppy will be supplying the opening sounds.

Peaking Lights
V Vecker Ensemble
White Poppy
$15 at Biltmore Cabaret

  Saturday, July 28
Following the May release of his latest seven-inch, "Mountain"/"Financial District," loop-loving UK electro artist Gold Panda has been taking his live set across North America and Europe. This weekend, he'll be back in town, bringing with him his signature, sample-infused tracks, including favourites from his 2010 release, Lucky Shiner, interspersed with his first new tunes since that break-through full-length.

Gold Panda
$15 at Electric Owl


Thursday, July 26
This weekend, Calgary will be playing host to yet another festival, as the Calgary Folk Music Festival kicks off at Prince's Island Park on Thursday. Chris Isaak is set to headline the opening evening, along with a cast of impressive acts throughout the afternoon. World-folk indie act Beirut, well accustomed to festival appearances, will be on hand with material from their successful 2011 release, The Rip Tide, preceded by the soul stylings of Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, and indie folk quartet the Barr Brothers, among others.

Chris Isaak
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Barr Brothers
$55 at Prince's Island Park

Friday, July 27
Despite shying away from the stage for several years, Jeff Mangum still has the power to draw a crowd. The former frontman of indie favourites Neutral Milk Hotel started playing scattered live sets over the past few years (including an impromptu performance in New York City during the Occupy Wall Street protests). The evening will also include the likes of BC-based songwriter Dan Mangan and the talents of Canadian hip-hop hero Shad, among many others.

Jeff Mangum
Dan Mangan
Bettye LaVette
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
$55 at Prince's Island Park

Saturday, July 27
Multi-talented and long-established alt-country icon Jon Langford (of Mekons fame) will take the stage for the folk fest's final night of performances, topping off a lineup full of promising acts. Art-folk songstress Little Scream (aka Laurel Sprengelmeyer), whose debut The Golden Album came out last spring, will grace the audience with her unique blend of genres, while the Rural Alberta Advantage will serve up indie rock well-suited to the event. And look out for Cold Specks as the day kicks off.

Jon Langford
Little Scream
The Rural Alberta Advantage
The Beauties, Serena Ryder
Gillian Welch
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Cold Specks
SOLD OUT at Prince's Island Park