case/lang/veirs, Skeletonwitch and Up Here Festival Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

case/lang/veirs, Skeletonwitch and Up Here Festival Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
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As August rolls on, we've got another edition of Can't Miss Concerts to satisfy all your live music needs. This week, from August 11 to 17, features singer-songwriter supergroup case/lang/veirs, legendary Japanese noisemakers Boris and festivals galore. If you're looking for more, be sure check out our complete Concert Listings for many more must-see concerts and events.


Boris's game-changing Pink album blended sludge metal, stoner rock, shoegaze and psychedelia to craft an immersive listening experience that sounds just as vital today as it did when it arrived a decade ago. Now, the Japanese trio are performing the seminal album in its entirety. If you're in Toronto, this one's definitely worth checking out this week.

08/11/2016 Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace


It's not often that three songwriting giants join forces to create a project that's more than the sum of their parts, and yet that's just what Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs managed to do on their self-titled debut. It's a record that checks all the right boxes of country, folk and Americana, sounding at once familiar and distinct. Now, the three queens are heading out on the road to showcase their undeniable chemistry to audiences across the country. Check them out at one of the dates below.
08/12/2016 Grand Prairie, AB – Borstad Hill
08/14/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Forks
08/16/2016 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
08/17/2016 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

Honey Jam
Honey Jam returns to Toronto this week to showcase a new class of young women set to take the music world by storm. Leading the charge this year are EDM-soul queen Fridaee, 14-year-old songwriter prodigy Sanae and hip-hop jack-of-all-trades Haviah Mighty. Check it out — you might just catch the next big thing.

08/11/2016 Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
Interstellar Rodeo

Interstellar Rodeo touches down in Winnipeg this week for a galactic hoedown of music and art. Gracing the stage at this year's edition are country-folk supergroup case/lang/veirs, indie rock heroes Wilco and Toronto singer-songwriter Serena Ryder. Don't miss out.

08/12-14/2016 Winnipeg, MB – The Forks

Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition
Electronic music's best underground remixers, knob-twiddlers and beatmakers will have Manitoba bumping for the annual Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME, though Harambe is unconfirmed as of yet). Highlights include "Torontroit" techno scion Greg Gow, 15-year vet Jamie Kidd and soulful housemaster Demuir. Rave children, look no further for your weekend plans.

08/11-14/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Multiple Venues
Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival

Those looking for some good old-fashioned bluegrass should look no further than the aptly named Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival this week. Acts like the Po' Ramblin' Boys, Rugged Little Thing and the Annie Lou Band should provide plenty heeing and hawing for bluegrass veterans and newcomers alike. With acts going well into the night, it might not be the blue moon of Kentucky that hangs in the sky, but the feeling will be the same.
08/12-14/2016 Big River, SK – Ness Creek
Over their past 12 years of existence, Skeletonwitch have done one thing better than anyone else: play fast, dirty, sinister metal. Audiences can expect more of the same as the Ohio five-piece bring their bone-crushing guitar leads, gut-busting drums and throat-searing vocals across the prairies this week. It's gonna get loud.

08/11/2016 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
08/13/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Windsor Hotel
08/15/2016 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo's Cantina
08/16/2016 Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room
08/17/2016 Calgary, AB – Dickens

Sturgill Simpson
On his excellent new LP A Sailor's Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson mined everything from classic soul to psychedelia while still remaining true to his outlaw roots. Concertgoers should expect a night of sweet harmonies and pedal-steel twang by the bowlful. See the Kentucky singer-songwriter for yourself at one of the dates below.
08/11/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
08/13/2016 Saskatoon, SK – O'Brian's Event Centre
08/14/2016 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
08/16/2016 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall

Up Here Festival
Sudbury's Up Here fest returns this week with a stacked lineup of Canadian musical treasures. Highlights this year include heart-on-sleeve indie rockers Stars, electronic freak-out artists Holy Fuck and pop/rock revolutionary U.S. Girls. There's never been a better reason to come up here if you haven't.
08/11-13/2016 Sudbury, ON – Multiple Venues

Head to Exclaim!'s full Concert Listings for many more concerts and events.