Boris, Arab on Radar, Seu Jorge and Brasstronaut Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Boris, Arab on Radar, Seu Jorge and Brasstronaut 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.


Thursday, August 5
Out supporting their Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones Toronto hardcore/metal champions Cancer Bats are hitting the coast and roping in Vancity's always-blistering Congress and Bogus Tokus to make some opening noise. Guaranteed high volume.

Cancer Bats
Bogus Tokus
$14 at Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, August 6
Following some dates in Canada's more eastern half, Brazil's Seu Jorge (aka Pelé dos Santos) will be playing Vancouver's gorgeous Vogue Theatre. Along with the new songs from his joint album with Almaz, it's probably a safe bet to expect a cover or three.

Seu Jorge and Almaz
$35 at Vogue Theatre

Tuesday, August 10
While their new album may not be heading our way until 2011, that isn't stopping Hercules and Love Affair from showing off their new avant-disco sounds. If you want to see what Andy Butler and co. have been up to, here's your chance.

Hercules and Love Affair
$20 at Venue


Thursday, August 5
Vancouver indie pop collective Brasstronaut grace Calgary with a rare performance, taking the stage at Broken City to charm your socks off. Opening support comes courtesy of Thighs.

$TBA at Broken City

Friday, August 6
Montreal/Brooklyn/Calgary pop punk rabble rousers the Nymphets are celebrating the release of a brand new seven-inch the only way they know how: with a headlining show at Broken City. With support from amazing locals the Throwaways, this is your mandatory fun for Friday night.

The Nymphets
The Throwaways
The Thulls
$7 at Broken City

Sunday, August 8
Lethbridge favourites Fist City are heading out on tour with Calgary's own Topless Mongos, and they're throwing a huge farewell party before they skip town. This band is one of the most exciting acts in western Canada, and it will only be a matter of time before they've fully blown up. Pay attention now and brag later!

Fist City
Topless Mongos
and more
$8 at Broken City


Thursday, August 5
Destined to bring out the sweaty teen in all of you, the Vans Warped Tour returns to Edmonton with more of that signature mall punk that those kids are into. We'd make a joke about trying to survive a full day of it, but that seems a little too inappropriate considering recent events.

Andrew W.K.
Dillinger Escape Plan
Set Your Goals
$60 at Northlands

Friday, August 6 - Sunday, August 8
If the Warped Tour isn't exactly your thing, maybe you'd prefer the Edmonton Folk Festival. Taking place in Edmonton's beautiful Gallagher Park, the 2010 edition features Van Morrison, Sarah Harmer, Ben Harper and countless other greats across the wide spectrum that can be considered folk.

Van Morrison
Sarah Harmer
Levon Helm Band
SOLD OUT at Gallagher Park


Thursday, August 5
Love 'em or hate 'em, MGMT are back and returning to Toronto. If Congratulations has finally grown on you, now is the time to experience it live and in the flesh.

$35 (advance)/ $40 (door) at Kool Haus

Saturday, August 7
Providence, RI noise rock quartet Arab on Radar have reunited, and lucky for Canada, the band are braving the border to give us some love. See them now, or perhaps never.

Arab on Radar
$10 at Garrison

Monday, August 9
The mighty Boris are once again bringing their experimental rock'n'roll craziness to Toronto, and trust us: you want to bring those earplugs. As any fan will tell you, they bring it loud in the best way possible.

Russian Circles
$20 at Lee's Palace


Thursday, August 6
Influential noise rockers Arab on Radar are back together, and if you missed them the first time around, now is the time to play catch-up - or indulge in some sweet nostalgia.

Arab on Radar
Aids Wolf
$10 (advance)/$12 (door) at Lambi

Sunday, August 8
Boris, one of Japan's loudest musical exports, are back on Canadian shores, and luckily for Montreal, they're paying the city a Sunday night visit. Get that energy needed for that always hellish Monday.

Russian Circles
$20 at Cabaret Mile End

Monday, August 9
What's Interpol without Carlos D.? Well, now is your chance to find out. Expect a heavy dose of their upcoming new album, and we're guessing an old classic or two.

Twin Tigers
$26.38 at Metropolis