A$AP Rocky, Needles//Pins, Smith Westerns and the Marvelous Darlings Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

A$AP Rocky, Needles//Pins, Smith Westerns and the Marvelous Darlings Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you're looking for a way to shake off the mid-winter blues, why not head out and see some awesome live music? Exclaim! has compiled a list of the best shows to check out in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Here are our picks for Can't Miss Concerts this week.


Thursday, January 26
Since their formation in 2000, British Krautrockers Fujiya and Miyagi have expanded into a four-piece. They are currently touring last year's Ventriloquizzing and will be bringing their live show to Vancouver's Electric Owl. Resorts will fill an opening slot, featuring Edo from Vancouver's own jazzy indie outfit Brasstronaut, as will Daft Funk 005 and Pat Lok, rounding out a solid night of electronic music.

Fugiya and Miyagi
Daft Funk 005
Pat Lok
$14 at Electric Owl

Friday, January 27
Self-described as "indie electro soul pop," Vancouver dance duo Humans will be playing a hometown show. Their latest release is two-track single "The End." Fellow Vancity musician Blood Diamonds will be gracing the same stage with his unique experimental soundscapes. Cam Dales is also slated to bust out some tunes.

Blood Diamonds
Cam Dales
$12 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, January 28
Closing out a weekend packed with hometown talent, Vancouver punks Needles//Pins will be tearing up the Astoria Hotel with their sound, which they've dubbed "stale Pabst Blue Ribbon mixed with pre-rehab Replacements." Slow Learners, Aquanaut and NEEDS are also on the night's bill.

Slow Learners
$TBA at Astoria Hotel


Thursday, January 26
Montreal electronic outfit Adventure Club will be taking their live set to the Prairies this weekend with a show at SAIT Polytechnic's campus bar the Gateway. Attendees will no doubt be dancing to the duo's dubstep remixes of everyone from Britney Spears to Thrice.

Adventure Club
$18.75 at the Gateway

Saturday, January 28
With Alexisonfire now defunct, Dallas Green has been focusing on his City and Colour project. Green is currently touring on the strength of his third album under the City and Colour moniker, Little Hell, which topped the Canadian albums chart last summer. Hailing from Providence, RI, indie folksters the Low Anthem will be opening the show, making for a great night of acoustic music.

City and Colour
The Low Anthem
$44.50 at Jack Singer Concert Hall


Thursday, January 26
Ben Cook may have gained a lot of notoriety for being a member of Fucked Up, but his fans were delighted to hear that his former project the Marvelous Darlings would be reuniting for a live show in Toronto. A one-off gig (for the time being anyway), the group will be headlining the release party for Actual Water's new LP The Paisley Orchard. The Get Nuns and Troubadour will also be playing sets. Get out to see this show because there's no word yet on when Cook and co. plan to play together again in the future.

The Marvelous Darlings
Actual Water
The Get Nuns
$8 at Sneaky Dee's

Friday, January 27
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky has been getting tons of buzz behind him since releasing his LiveLoveA$AP mixtape last October. With a ton of releases set for this year, catch him at Toronto's Opera House because we have a feeling the next time he rolls through Toronto it's going to be a much bigger affair.

A$AP Rocky
$25 at the Opera House

Saturday, January 28
With a tagline like "Melting Circuits since 1985," how can you not be slightly intrigued by New Jersey-based synthwave project Com Truise? The brainchild of Seth Haley, Com Truise generates experimental electronic music that he's dubbed "slow-motion funk." After dropping Galactic Melt last summer, Com Truise is now on tour and will be captivating audiences in Toronto when Haley plays at Wrongbar on Saturday night.

Com Truise
$13.50 at Wrongbar


Thursday, January 26
Nomadic troubadour Cass McCombs had a busy year in 2011 but hasn't seemed to slow down in the new year. He released two albums, Wit's End and Humor Risk last year, has protest song "Bradley Manning" coming out as a seven-inch release on January 31 and is in the midst of an extensive tour. McCombs will be performing at Montreal's Il Motore on Thursday evening, accompanied by opening sets by Frank Fairfield and Jennifer Castle.

Cass McCombs
Frank Fairfield
Jennifer Castle
$12 advance, $15 door at Il Motore

Friday, January 27
California heavy metal veterans Machine Head will definitely be drawing a crowd in Montreal on Friday, having established a loyal fanbase in their more than two decades of playing together. But it won't be all nostalgia, as the group are currently promoting their 2011 album Unto the Locust. Deathcore act, also from California, Suicide Silence will open, alongside DC's Darkest Hour and the UK's Rise to Remain.

Machine Head
Suicide Silence
Darkest Hour
Rise to Remain
$23.50 advance, $25 door at Metropolis

Saturday, January 28
Chicago indie glam rockers the Smith Westerns released their sophomore album Dye It Blonde last week and are taking the new record on the road. They recently opened for Arctic Monkeys, but are sure to steal the spotlight on their headlining tour that brings them to Montreal on Saturday. With Brooklyn's Porcelain Raft and Los Angeles's Bleached also on the bill, it promises to be a great night of indie rock.

Smith Westerns
Porcelain Raft
$13 advance, $15 door at Il Motore