Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tame Impala and Grimes Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tame Impala and Grimes Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Like every Thursday, we've done the heavy-lifting and delivered Can't Miss Concerts, our weekly guide to your best bets for gigging in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. Here's what we deem your best concert bets.


Thursday, April 21
Tame Impala are bringing their hazy, '60s-drenched sonic tales of young lust to the Commodore Ballroom in support of Innerspeaker, their debut album. Yuck, the fresh-faced London-based band with a '90s obsession, join them on the bill, adding a bit more bang for your buck.

Tame Impala
$21.50 advance at the Commodore Ballroom

Saturday, April 23
Tokyo Police Club are set to hit Vancouver with a heavy dose of their breakneck-speed guitar hooks, stompy choruses and hostile robot takeovers in continued support of Champ, their latest album. The opening help of Dinosaur Bones should guarantee a solid night of forceful rock'n'roll energy and fist pumping.

Tokyo Police Club
Dinosaur Bones
Said the Whale
SOLD OUT ($20) at the Commodore Ballroom

Sunday, April 24
Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) is getting ready to carry his acoustic guitars to the Media Club. You would be wise to meet him at his destination for a chance to be showered with the special blend of twang and reverb that fills Here's to Taking it Easy, his most recent album.

Family Band
$13 at the Media Club


Thursday, April 21
The Republik is about to be overrun with chains, piercings, tattoos and metal guitar mayhem as the one-two-three punch of Holy Grail, Cauldron and Hrom get set to pound their way through their respective sets. Holy Grail have energy to spare with Crisis in Utopia, their newest album, while their supporting acts are sure to set a blistering pace for them to follow and capitalize on.

Holy Grail
$16.25 at Republik Nightclub

Saturday, April 23
The South London electronic trio Dirty Vegas have wisely decided to jump right on into their natural habitat at Calgary's the Whiskey nightclub rather than risking a hoedown. Old standards like "Days Go By" and newer cuts like "Electric Love" from their recent album of the same name should mix well with vodka and an ambient nightclub atmosphere.

Dirty Vegas
Dom G
$15.25 at the Whiskey


Thursday, April 21
Make sure you hustle down to the Shop at Parts and Labour early to check out the scrappy but melodic Fresh and Onlys as they play songs from their latest garage pop offering Play It Strange, as well as a selection of older cuts. Young Prisms will support, bringing their own unique take on shoegaze and noise pop into the fold.

The Fresh and Onlys
Young Prisms
$10 at the Shop at Parts and Labour

Friday, April 22
Danish electronica virtuoso Trentemøller is preparing to fill the Mod Club with his own patented brand of moody tunes from his 2010 album Into the Great Wide Yonder, among others. Whether you're on the dance floor or the sidelines, chances are things will get way hypnotic as the beats unfold.

$20 at the Mod Club

Saturday, April 23
Godspeed You! Black Emperor are playing no fewer than four shows (all of which are sold out) at Lee's Palace, where the lush string arrangements and intricately woven musical epics will be on full display in all of their glory. You would be foolish to miss any one of these shows if you get the chance to make it through the door.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The Sadies
$20 advance, $25 door at Lee's Palace


Thursday, April 21
Zola Jesus' Nika Rosa Danilova is ready to showcase her dark, brooding songs at Il Motore. If you love the drama and still clinging to your copy of Fever Ray's 2009 solo debut, you'd be foolish not to check this one out.

Zola Jesus
Cult of Youth
$13 advance, $15 door at Il Motore

Friday, April 22
Slicked-out pop eccentric Grimes will be filling La Sala Rossa with her blend of dark beats and haunting vocals. Like-minded R&B weirdo d'Eon can only contribute to the off-kilter pop hooks that will fill the venue, as the pair celebrate the release of their recent split twelve-inch.

Black Feelings
$5 advance, $7 door at La Sala Rossa

Saturday, April 23
The Submarines are poised to continue blurring the lines between pop rock and electronic music in their sound at Casa Del Popolo in support of their new LP Love Notes/Letter Bombs. Anyone who digs upbeat dance tunes by happy couples should apply, while support from eclectic singer-songwriter Nik Freitas is sure to give the band a boost.

The Submarines
Nik Freitas
$10 advance, $12 door at Casa Del Popolo