The Jayhawks, Charles Bradley, Kathleen Edwards and Iced Earth Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

The Jayhawks, Charles Bradley, Kathleen Edwards and Iced Earth Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you're thinking of heading out to catch some live music this week and looking for some what-to-catch tips, look no further. Exclaim! has rounded up some of the best shows taking place in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Here are our picks for Can't Miss Concerts this week.


Thursday, February 9
Vancouver duo Nü Sensae will be delivering a set of their werido punk at the Biltmore Cabaret on Thursday evening. They'll be joined by their summer tourmates White Lung, who also call Vancouver home. The two groups previously released a split seven-inch called Clown Life and seem to be upholding their BFF image with Thursday's scheduled show. PEACE will round out the bill.

Nü Sensae
White Lung
$5 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, February 10
Alt-country favourites the Jayhawks are in the midst of a hefty North American tour and planning to head across the Atlantic soon. But before that, they are making a stop in Vancouver. Having released Mockingbird Time late last year, after an eight-year gap, this show is definitely a highly anticipated one. With founding members Mark Olson and Gary Louris finally playing together again, fans will not want to miss out on the Jayhawks' Friday night slot at the Commodore Ballroom. Bluegrass darling Abigail Washburn will be opening, promising a great night of folk and country.

The Jayhawks
Abigail Washburn
$30 at the Commodore Ballroom

Saturday, February 11
Cold Cave is the new wave-loving, synth-led solo project of Give Up the Ghost and Some Girls alumnus Wesley Eisold, and he'll be bringing his live show to Vancity this weekend. Eisold is currently supporting Cold Cave's latest album Cherish the Light Years, which was released in 2011.

Cold Cave
$15 at Electric Owl


Friday, February 10
Hamilton, ON folksters Harlan Pepper will be heading west to play in Calgary on Friday night. Their debut album Young and Old has won over a lot of fans and critics alike with a style that sounds far beyond the youngsters' actual ages. Their alt-country vibes will hopefully win over the Prairies.

Harlan Pepper
$10 at Palomino Social Club

Sunday, February 12
Florida thrash metal group Iced Earth roll through Calgary this weekend in support of 2011's Dystopia. Despite the groups ever-changing lineup, Jon Schaffer will still be leading the band through their set at Flames Central. Symphony X and Warbringer will be filling in the opening slots.

Iced Earth
Symphony X
$TBA at Flames Central


Thursday, February 9
Toronto hardcore favourites Burning Love will be rocking their hometown on Thursday night. Featuring former members of Cursed and Our Father, the live show comes as the punks prep their next record, due out in early spring 2012. Black Lungs are also on the bill, despite Wade MacNeil's new role as Gallows' frontman. Depressing, Dead Rats and Sex Tears round out the night's lineup, building a stacked bill for fans of the loud stuff.

Burning Love
Black Lungs

Dead Rats
Sex Tears
$10 at Parts & Labour

Friday, February 10
Vancouver indie rock favourites Ladyhawk have been lying low for a while, but make their return to Toronto on Friday night. While there aren't any conclusive details on upcoming material yet, the live return bodes well for the fuzz rockers. Folk darling Julie Doiron will be sharing the stage and is sure to charm the crowd. Indie popsters Marine Dreams will also be playing a set.

Julie Doiron
Marine Dreams
$13.50 advance, $15 door at Parts & Labour

Saturday, February 11
Beloved Canadian songstress Kathleen Edwards just released her new record Voyageur, which was co-produced by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, garnering lots of acclaim. Her show at the Phoenix is not to be missed, as the Ottawa-born alt-country singer will be serenading the crowd with a mix of old favourites and new tunes.

Kathleen Edwards
$29.50 at Phoenix


Friday, February 10
Passovah Productions started as an offshoot of Pop Montreal and has grown into a promotions, booking and production company. Now they're celebrating their fourth anniversary with a number of special guests. The bill boasts a DJ set from Arcade Fire's Jeremy Gara, plus Jordan Robson Cramer (Ancient Kids), Alden Penner (Hidden Words), Martin Horn (Cotton Mouth), Caroline Keating, Mike O'Brien, Adam Waito, Charlotte Cornfield and Lisa Gamble. Obviously a night that will be packed with special appearances, this is a party you can't miss.

Passovah 4 Year Anniversary Party
DJ Jeremy Gara
Jordan Robson Cramer
Alden Penner
Martin Horn
Plus special guests
$5 at Il Motore

Friday, February 10
Charles Bradley has a pretty remarkable story that involves a nomadic past and family tragedy, but the 62-year-old finally released his debut album No Time for Dreaming last year. Bradley and His Extraordinaires will be performing what is sure to be a soulful set at Theatre Corona in Montreal on Friday night. Funky rockers Little Barrie from London, UK will be opening the show.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Little Barrie
$20 advance, $23 door at Theatre Corona