Modest Mouse, Pissed Jeans and Still Life Still Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Modest Mouse, Pissed Jeans and Still Life Still Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
It's Thursday, and that means we here at Exclaim! have sifted through the Canadian concert listings to give you Can't Miss Concerts, our weekly top picks for gigging in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Here's what's caught our eye this time 'round.


Thursday, August 20
Despite Six Organs of Admittance also playing tonight at the Biltmore, we're giving our love to this small local show where there's guaranteed to be a whole lot of left-of-centre pop-rockin', all courtesy of the fast-rising Makeout Videotape, Walter TV and freshly assembled - and promising - pop weirdoes Recreation.

Makeout Videotape
Walter TV
$5 at Funky Winkerbean's

Friday, August 21
For the last month, it seems as if the only thing the Vancouver underground has been talking about is the return of local experimental heroes Basketball, and for good reason. Dudes off come like some mutant cross of Gang Gang Dance, Salem and Konono N°1. Well, kind of.

$15 at Rickshaw Theatre

Saturday, August 22
With their King of Jeans album freshly served, Pennsylvania-based noise rockers Pissed Jeans are coming to town. Seriously, bring the earplugs.

Pissed Jeans
$10 at Media Club


Friday, August 21
Okay, no new album, but there's an EP, and that's good enough reason to brave the heat to catch Pacific Northwest indie rock superstars Modest Mouse. And while Johnny Marr isn't touring with the dudes this time, they do have Granddaddy's Jim Fairchild.

Modest Mouse
$30 at the Sound Academy

Saturday, August 22
Nicely melding early '70s metal, prog and a bit of Canterbury folk, Toronto's Blood Ceremony do the hometown-show thing, and along with the tunes, there will be a screening of The Wicker Man. And yes, it's the 1973 version, not the one with Nick Cage.

Blood Ceremony
Saffron Sect
$10 at the Trash Palace

Sunday August 23
Celebrating 20 years in hip hop, De La Soul hit the stage to prove why the word "legends" follows them around like crazy.

De La Soul
$31.50 at Phoenix


Thursday, August 20
Ex-Functional Blackouts outfit Daily Tone pair up with Denial Tone and Tonitix for a night that's guaranteed to be heavy on the noise, feedback and screeching no wave/punk goodness.

Daily Void
Denial Tone
$5 - $10 at Friendship Cove

Friday, August 21
Arts & Crafts signees and Exclaim! faves Still Life Still bring a real live dose of their upcoming Girls Come Too, which, by the preliminary sounds of things, is going to be a killer slab of anthemic pop rock.

Still Life Still
$TBA at Le Divan Orange

Saturday, August 22
The catchline that goes along with Extra Happy Ghost is "how the Beach Boys sound to those with no feelings." It's a pretty good description for one of the best new Calgary outfits we've heard in ages.

Extra Happy Ghost
$TBA at Le Cagibi