Full Flex Express Tour, Melvins Lite, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet and Youth Lagoon Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Full Flex Express Tour, Melvins Lite, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet and Youth Lagoon Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you're on the hunt for the best live acts coming through your city this weekend, we have a list of some of the hottest tickets lined up, from festivals, to club shows, to one-off reunion gigs. Below, you can check out our picks for some of the must-see shows visiting Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, July 12
Soulful Winnipeg indie duo Imaginary Cities have been busy with near-constant touring over the past year, supporting their Polaris Music Prize-nominated 2011 debut, Temporary Resident. Their latest summer tour will take bandmates Rusty Matyas and Marti Sarbit across Canada and the U.S., with festival stops including Lollapalooza in Chicago and Guelph, ON's Hillside Festival. The combination of Sarbit's Motown-informed vocals and Matyas's road-tested rock'n'roll sensibility should make for a captivating show.

Imaginary Cities
Rah Rah
$15 at the Waldorf

  Saturday, July 14
After a brief hiatus, King Khan & BBQ Show are finally back. One half of the garage rock outfit, Mark Sultan (aka BBQ Show), has been making the touring rounds lately for his solo work, but he and Khan will be together again for just two upcoming Canadian shows, including this Saturday's Vancouver appearance. If past concerts are any indication, you can expect live antics of the most intense and entertaining sort when these guys hit the stage.

King Khan & BBQ Show
$17 at Venue

  Sunday, July 15
The Melvins' three-piece lineup will be in town to wrap up the weekend, with one of their last Canadian dates on their current North American tour. After that, the Lite edition will recuperate in preparation for their recently announced 51-date tour of the U.S., which will see the Washington alt-rock pioneers attempt to make the Guinness Book of Records as the first band to hit each of the states in 51 days. The announcement came on the heels of their latest album, Freak Puke, which they'll undoubtedly visit throughout this Sunday's set.

Melvins Lite
$25 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, July 12
Before heading to Vancouver, Melvins Lite and supporting act Retox are making a stop in Calgary. Catch the Lite edition of the Melvins performing tracks off their latest release, Freak Puke, as well as other tunes from their legendary catalogue.

Melvins Lite
$25 at Republik

Saturday, July 14
Hip-hop fans will have something to look forward to this weekend, as Rap Fest West takes off at Republik this Saturday. The evening will be headlined by Vancouver-based MC SonReal, who recently dropped a second, highly anticipated mixtape, and is set to release his third full-length, Good News, later this summer. He'll be joined by Albertan artists Dragon Fli Empire, Politic Live, MitchMatic and Tru-Ly, making the night's lineup something you won't want to miss.

Dragon Fli Empire
Politic Live
$15 at Republik


Thursday, July 12
Just over a year ago, Boise, ID's Trevor Powers released his first song, "July," under the pseudonym Youth Lagoon, and his debut album, The Year of Hibernation, came shortly thereafter. Less than a year later, the 22-year-old songwriter, who pairs synth-assisted indie pop with nostalgic lyrics, has toured across the globe and is returning to Toronto in the midst of his latest North American sojourn. This time around, he's accompanied by former Fleet Foxes drummer Father John Misty (aka Joshua Tillman), whose new album Fear Fun got the Exclaim! stamp of approval earlier this year.

Youth Lagoon
Father John Misty
$15.50 at the Opera House

Friday, July 13
As previously reported, Skrillex and a cohort of electronic artists will be taking to the road for the Full Flex Express Tour this summer. They'll be kicking things off this Friday in Toronto, before heading north for the Ottawa Bluesfest. Joined by the likes of Pretty Lights, Diplo and Grimes, the show will hit six Canadian cities in total. Skrillex is also on the lineup for a handful of other summer festivals, including San Francisco's Outside Lands next month.

Pretty Lights
Koan Sound
$51.50 to $101 at Fort York: Garrison Common

Saturday, July 14
Last month, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet reemerged for some reunion shows to highlight the reissue of their catalogue with Mammoth Cave Recording Co. After a performance in Calgary, the instrumental rock veterans will be returning to Toronto, where they will help celebrate 20 years of Exclaim! with Catl. and Daniel Romano. The Juno-winning trio, now rounded out by Sadies bassist Dallas Good in the place of the late Reid Diamond, will be re-releasing three albums in total, starting with the launch of Savvy Show Stoppers last month.

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
Daniel Romano
$15 at Lee's Palace


Friday, July 13
If you're into the avant-indie stylings of this month's Exclaim! cover stars Dirty Projectors -- and weren't able to catch their recent gig at Club Soda -- you might want to check out fellow Brooklynites Ava Luna. Quickly gaining a reputation for their vocal harmonies and soul-inflected sound, the sextet have been compared to their aforementioned neighbours, as well as acts like TV on the Radio. The band dropped their latest album, Ice Level, back in February, so expect some new tunes to crop up during this Friday's show.

Ava Luna
Cobra & Vulture
$10 advance, $12 door at Il Motore

Saturday, July 14
Toronto synth-pop duo Trust made a splash with the release of their debut LP TRST in February and will be on the road over the next few months, hitting stops along the West Coast in addition to dates in Toronto and Montreal. Vocalist Robert Alfons and Austra's Maya Postepski are known for providing beats as tense and tightly wound as they are danceable, and the Brooklyn-bred, Berlin-based Light Asylum and hometown act Automelodi will round out the bill.

Light Asylum
$13 advance, $15 door at Il Motore