Phoenix, Dinosaur Jr., Prefuse 73 and Julie Doiron Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Phoenix, Dinosaur Jr., Prefuse 73 and Julie Doiron 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 21
Out doing a full-on acoustic tour, new wave shoegazers Asobi Seksu swing through down and dismantle that wall of sound. We're guessing this one will be dreamy to the max.

Asobi Seksu 
Friendship and the Fawn 
$15 at Media Club

Friday, January 22
As part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad, slick French popsters Phoenix team up with BC's own You Say Party! We Say Die! for this much-anticipated throw-down. Is it Olympic fever time yet?

You Say Party! We Say Die!
$TBD at Orpheum Theatre

Saturday, January 23
Another great Cultural Olympiad show, alt-country vet Steve Earle pairs up with Canadian rock'n'roll golden boy Joel Plaskett at the Orpheum Theatre.

Steve Earle
Joel Plaskett
$39.50 at Orpheum Theatre


Thursday, January 21
Okay, so Dinosaur Jr.'s show at the Phoenix is sold out. But if you haven't got tickets for that one, the indie rock heroes will be doing an in-store at Sonic Boom (512 Bloor St. W) at 6:30 p.m. And that show is free!

Dinosaur Jr.
$TBD at Phoenix/Free at Sonic Boom

Friday, January 22
Ridiculously busy multi-instrumentalist Guillermo Scott Herren brings his Prefuse 73 to town. And with his increasingly large and confusing catalogue only getting bigger and bigger, who knows what's in store.

Prefuse 73
Gaslamp Killer
$15 Mod Club

Monday, January 25
Now signed to Sub Pop, Low offshoot Retribution Gospel Choir drops the slow core anthems for some blistering rock'n'roll. Might want to come packing ear plugs for this one, folks.

Retribution Gospel Choir
$10 at Drake Hotel


Saturday, January 23
Following a sold-out show in Toronto, Dinosaur Jr. give Montreal a taste of their Farm jams. Seriously, get set for one full night of ripping, shredding solos.

Dinosaur Jr.
$25 at Club Soda

Monday, January 25
Out sporting their recent album The Root of All Evil, Swedish death metal giants Arch Enemy bring their "Tyrants of Evil" tour through town. Arsis, Exodus and pile of others lend some opening support.

Arch Enemy
Exodus Mutiny Within
$TBD at Club Soda

Wednesday, January 27
Out on their Canadian tour, Axl "Dr. Pepper" Rose and his gaggle of hired hands are finally bringing Guns N' Roses to town. No riot this time, okay Montreal?

Guns N' Roses
Sebastian Bach
Danko Jones
$TBD at Bell Centre


Thursday, January 21
Following her Wednesday performance in Edmonton, beloved Canadian indie rock icon Julie Doiron will bring her sweetly sombre songs to Broken City. With Attack in Black opening, this is a perfectly laid-back segue into the weekend.

Julie Doiron
Attack In Black
$TBD at Broken City

Friday, January 22
They haven't been a band for years, but beloved Calgary-based post-hardcore outfit the Corta Vita have reunited for a three-day set of shows in Alberta. Friday's set is a sure to be epic event at Calgary's almost-gone all-ages venue the New Black Centre. Calgary newcomers Stalwart Sons are geared to open.

The Corta Vita
Stalwart Sons
$TBD at New Black Centre

Tuesday, January 26
Whether or not he's still jamming with Steven Tyler is unknown, but Joe Perry and his "Project" are set to open for Mötley Crüe at the Saddledome on Tuesday. Watching the Calgary baby boomers hesh out is worth the price of admission alone.

Mötley Crüe
the Joe Perry Project
$TBA at Saddledome


Thursday, January 21
As part of their epic reunion weekend, beloved Calgary post-hardcore troupe the Corta Vita are playing a show at Edmonton's amazing, semi-secret Baby Seal Club. Local post-hardcore monsters Bayonets!!!, formerly the Wolfnote, are slated to open.

The Corta Vita
$TBA at Baby Seal Club