Justice, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Said the Whale and Little Scream Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Justice, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Said the Whale and Little Scream Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As April winds down, there's no shortage of shows happening across our nation, so if you're looking for something to do, check out our picks for the best bets in live music this week. Read on for our Can't Miss Concerts in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Thursday, April 26
Parisian electronic giants Justice will be making their way to Vancouver on Thursday night to play at the PNE Forum. Touring in support of last year's Audio, Video, Disco, the duo will no doubt get the crowd moving with their disco-tinged house music, expected to play both new material and older party-starting favourites.

$46.50 at PNE Forum

Friday, April 27
Calgary-based noise-doom duo Mares of Thrace just released their new record The Pilgrimage, so now would be the perfect time to head out and see these hard-rocking girls play some new tunes. Adding more weight to the night's heavy-sounding lineup are Vancouver hardcore punks Anion, who will be opening the show. Weirding and WTCHDR are also on the bill.

Mares of Thrace
$10 at Funky Winker Beans

Friday, April 27
Chillwaver Neon Indian will be bringing his synthed-out lo-fi sounds to Canada's West Coast on Saturday night. Still supporting last year's Era Extraña, Neon Indian is sure to put on an entertaining set. He'll be joined by dancey, genre-defying Brooklyn-based outfit Lemonade, who will be releasing their sophomore record Diver later on this spring.

Neon Indian
$20 at Venue


Thursday, April 26
Vancouver indie popsters Said the Whale will be heading inland for a show in Calgary on Thursday evening. Having just released Little Mountain in March, the Juno-winning outfit have plenty of new songs to play for fans in attendance. Also on Thursday night's lineup are fellow Vancouver musicians Chains of Love, whose throwback sound is sure to win over the crowd.

Said the Whale
Chains of Love
$20 at MacEwan Ballroom


Thursday, April 26
The ever-expanding and always prolific Japanese psychedelic outfit Acid Mothers Temple will be rolling through Toronto on Thursday. With an impressive number of live albums under their belt (as various incarnations of the band), they surely know what they're doing when they hit the stage, so be sure to check them out this weekend at the Garrison.

Acid Mothers Temple
$15 at the Garrison

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28
Long-standing rock veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers will be taking over the Air Canada Centre for two nights this weekend, in sets that are sure to showcase the band's extensive body of work. Most recently, the funk rockers dropped I'm With You, but they're sure to pull out some of the old hits on this tour. And while it may be a slightly odd combination, Sleigh Bells will be providing the opening entertainment both nights, giving you all the more reason to head over to the ACC.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sleigh Bells
$59.50 at Air Canada Centre

Saturday, April 28
Haligonian indie popsters Cousins impressed with their cryptically titled EP The Palm at the End of the Mind, and they'll be bringing their hooks to the Silver Dollar on the weekend. Known for former members like Brendan Canning and Feist, By Divine Right have been going strong for over 20 years and will also be on hand for a set at the Saturday evening show. The First Impressions round out the lineup for what's shaping up to be a killer night of indie rock.

By Divine Right
The First Impressions
$7 at the Silver Dollar Room


Thursday, April 26
New York indie pop act Cults have been seriously buzzed about for a while now, so if you're in Montreal on Thursday, head over to the Corona Theatre to check them out. Lo-fi English guy Spectrals had a good year with his debut Bad Penny in 2011, and he'll be on hand to open for Cults this weekend, as will Montreal's own No Joy.

No Joy
$18.50 advance, $20 door at Corona Theatre

Friday, April 27
The night after their show in Toronto, Japanese masters of psychedelia Acid Mothers Temple will be bringing their groovy vibes to Montreal. Fellow psych rockers Phantom Family Halo from Brooklyn will be joining them on the bill.

Acid Mothers Temple
Phantom Family Halo
$13 advance, $15 door at Corona Theatre

Saturday, April 28
Closing out the weekend, Little Scream will be playing a hometown show at Casa Del Popolo. Still supporting last year's The Golden Record, which featured guests from Arcade Fire and the National, Laurel Sprengelmeyer is sure to impress when she takes the stage under her Little Scream moniker. Fellow Canadian A K U A will be opening with her unique blend of soul, folk and electronic music.

Little Scream
$10 advance, $13 door at Corona Theatre