Braids, Brand New and Field Trip Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Published Jun 02, 2016This week's Can't Miss Concerts, from June 2 to 8, features the fiery post-hardcore of At the Drive-In, the introspective indie-electronic sounds of Braids and the thunderous post-emo of Brand New. Read on to see our picks for the best shows this week, and check out our complete Concert Listings to see what we've missed.
At the Drive-In
Beloved El Paso post-hardcore band At the Drive-In came roaring back this year, promising new music for the first time since 2000. To celebrate, they're currently underway on an expansive world tour, stopping off in Vancouver this week. If you've never witnessed the tornado of energy that is this iconic band, now's your opportunity. Here's hoping you don't get one-armed scissor-kicked in what will surely be an intense pit.
06/07/2016 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Montreal indie-electronic act Braids turned heads last year with their third full-length LP, Deep in the Iris. Now, they're back on tour supporting a complementary EP, simply titled Companion. If you're a fan of skittering beats and Kate Bushian vocal swoons, check them out in Ottawa this week.
06/04/2016 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
It's sowing season once again, as Long Island emo/alternative act Brand New head back out on the road again. If new single "I Am a Nightmare" is any indication, concertgoers are in for a night of hard driving rock'n'roll with an emotional edge every bit as sharp as their razor-wire guitar leads.
06/02/2016 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
06/04/2016 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
06/05/2016 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
06/06/2016 Saskatoon, SK – O'Brian's Event Center
dvsn, the newest members of Drake's OVO Sound family, arrived on the scene with their debut album Sept. 5th earlier this year. Now, the boys from the 6 are taking their slinky, sexy R&B jams to the west coast. If you're in Vancouver, stop by and see what all the fuss is about.
06/08/2016 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
Arts & Crafts' Field Trip festival returns to Toronto this year from June 4 to 5. This year's lineup is as strong as ever, ranging from alternative icons the National to Swedish pop sovereign Robyn, to glam-rock iconoclasts Of Montreal. Sounds like we're in for two days of fun in the sun at Fort York's Garrison Common.
06/04/2016 Toronto, ON – Fort York: Garrison Common
06/05/2016 Toronto, ON – Fort York: Garrison Common
Lamb of God
All fears about Lamb of God's longevity were officially laid to rest last year when they returned with VII: Sturm und Drang, their best album in years. Now, the Virginia groove-metal outfit is heading out to Western Canada, promising punishing drums, guitar pyrotechnics and the trademark growl of lead singer Randy Blythe. Check them out at one of the dates below.
06/02/2016 Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
06/04/2016 Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral
06/05/2016 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
06/06/2016 Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland Park
06/07/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
Anderson .Paak has been riding a wave for almost a year now. After stealing the show on Dr. Dre's Compton, the California MC-singer combo blew the competition out of the water with this year's Malibu. His live set is one part Kendrick Lamar, one part Stevie Wonder, but somehow still all Anderson .Paak. Catch him in Toronto this week.
06/03/2016 Toronto, ON – TD Echo Beach
Halifax psychedelia purveyors Walrus have been winning over local listeners for years with their breezy melodies and jangly guitar work. Their latest EP, Goodbye Something, is a delightful piece of sun-soaked pop that is sure to attract an even larger following for the band. This week, Walrus play Moncton before touching down in their hometown for what will certainly be an excellent kick-off to summer.
06/03/2016 Moncton, NB – Claude House
06/04/2016 Halifax, NS – Seahorse Tavern
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