Guns N' Roses, Karl Blau, Basia Bulat and Monotonix Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Guns N' Roses, Karl Blau, Basia Bulat and Monotonix 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, January 14
Following last year's Afrobeat-styled Zebra, Pacific Northwest lo-fi hero Karl Blau is braving the border - and the downpour - to hit up Pat's Pub with his always engaging live show. Lending some support are Vancity acts Walter TV and recent Unfamiliar signees Makeout Videotape, as well as David Reza Jaberi.

Karl Blau 
Walter TV 
Makeout Videotape 
David Reza Jaberi  
$TBA at Pat's Pub

Saturday, January 16
Soft-singing Calgary collective Woodpigeon celebrate the release of their new LP, Die Stadt Muzikanten, at the Biltmore. Sorry, no word on how many band members are actually making an appearance, though we're guessing anywhere between one and 20.

Christopher Smith & The Beckon Call
$12 at Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, January 14
Beloved musican/vocalist for hire, Julie Fader, teams up with Attack in Black's Daniel Romano and Share's Andrew Sisk for a night laid-back songcraft. Chances are you'll get a shot at hearing some cuts off Fader's recent full-length Outside In, as well as a few newbies.

Julie Fader
Daniel Romano
Andrew Sisk
$7 at El Mocambo

Friday, January 15
UK indie rockers the Cribs cross the pond to doll out a bit of their fourth album Ignore the Ignorant. Word is Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr will be backing his Cribs band-mates, so there's something to get a little extra excited about.

The Cribs
Adam Green
The Dead Trees
$19.50 Phoenix

Saturday, January 16
Out showing off her long-awaited Heart of My Own, Toronto-bred indie darling Basia Bulat plays this sure-to-be-touching hometown show, and it's in a church!

Basia Bulat
$20 at Trinity St. Paul's United Church


Saturday, January 16
Featuring former members of Weights and Measures, Kepler and Rockets Red Glare, Southern Ontario math-rock specialists Etaoin Shrdlu swing through town. If you're lucky, they'll breakout their Exclaim! fave "Brown Sabbath."

Etaoin Shrdlu
Special Noise
$8 advance at Casa Del Popolo

Sunday, January 17
Ultra sweaty crazy guys Monotonix bring their show to the stage, the dance floor and likely right up in your grill. Seriously, if you like your rock'n'roll way up close and personal, check these dudes out. It also helps if you have no aversion to some longhair from Tel Aviv wearing nothing but a thong.

ManyMental Mistakes
Dirty Wedding $15 at Il Motore

Monday, January 18
Beloved sister act Tegan and Sara make their way to Montreal on their cross-Canada tour in support of their recent full-length Sainthood. Get set for that saccharine indie pop!

Tegan and Sara
$24.50-$37.50 at Salle Pierre-Mercure (300 boul de Maisonneuve E)


Saturday, January 16
It's not really what it could be, but it'll still be a lot of fun to watch Axl Rose and a gaggle of studio musicians play classic Guns N' Roses jams from their storied career. It'll be even better if they steer clear of too much Chinese Democracy.

Guns N' Roses
Sebastian Bach
Danko Jones
$49.50 -€“ 89.50 at Pengrowth Saddledome

Wednesday, January 20
This is one of the busiest Wednesdays Calgary has seen in a while, with Monotonix destroying Broken City and Sharp Ends tearing up the Ship & Anchor. Still, our top choice would have to be Kid Sister. Her bass-heavy, party-starting raps guarantee a good time, and at the intimate Hifi Club it will be that much better.

Kid Sister
$TBA at Hifi Club


Sunday, January 17
The night after they play in Calgary, long-running, melodramatic rockers Guns N' Roses will take Rexall Place. Even without Slash or Duffy, you know you can't resist the lure of "Welcome to the Jungle" through those massive arena speakers.

Guns N' Roses
Sebastian Bach
Danko Jones
$TBA at Rexall Place

Wednesday, January 20
Probably the exact opposite of Guns N' Roses in every single way, soft-spoken Nova Scotia songwriter Julie Doiron will come chill out at the ARTery with cuts from her latest album, I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day.

Julie Doiron
$TBA at the ARTery