Riot Fest, M83, Julie Doiron & the Wrong Guys, and Swans Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Riot Fest, M83, Julie Doiron & the Wrong Guys, and Swans Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
If you thought that the final days of the summer would mean fewer chances to get out and take in some live music, this week's lineup of Can't Miss Concerts should be more than enough to change your mind. Fall weather may be just around the corner, but there's plenty of acts still on the road and making stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. You can check out some of the upcoming highlights below.


Thursday, September 6
Barely a week after the release of The Seer, their 12th studio album together, experimental post-punk pioneers Swans will be in town for one of their notoriously high-energy performances. After a hiatus that saw frontman Michael Gira become involved in other musical projects, the reunion of the band was accompanied by a series of newly recorded albums -- proving Gira's assertion that Swans' current incarnation is anything but a nostalgia trip.

Xiu Xiu
$23 at Venue Nightclub

Friday, September 7
Now midway through their Oblivion Tour, Rhode Island noise rock duo Lightning Bolt are known for their unconventional (and sometimes impromptu) live shows, so it's likely that their gig at Fortune Sound Club this Friday will draw from their well-equipped bag of tricks. The pair are expected to release a previously "lost" recording later this month, the Oblivion Hunter LP recorded back in 2008, so if you're looking for a high-octane way to kick off your weekend, this should be a safe bet.

Lightning Bolt
$12 at Fortune Sound Club

  Saturday, September 8
On just the third stop of a tour that will take them as far afield as Australia and Japan, Chelsea Wolfe and the members of her eponymous band will be serving up their specific mix of experimental, blues- and metal-tinged electro-folk. That unique combination of disparate elements is strengthened in their recent live album, and with a third LP on the horizon, this weekend's show should serve to whet some appetites.

Chelsea Wolfe
$12 at the Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, September 6
If you can't wait until the weekend to start partying, M83's Thursday night performance might be the perfect excuse to kick things off early. The French electro unit have been making the festival rounds all summer, and are currently trekking across North America en route to a handful of European dates. With plenty of new tracks from 2011's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming added to their arsenal, the group are sure to have audiences forgetting they still have work in the morning.

$48 at MacEwan Hall

Saturday, September 8
The latest album from Vancouver indie outfit Hard Drugs has been a long time coming. In fact, there was a point when it seemed that the husband and wife duo of Jeffry Lee and Jenni Lee Nelson may not release another record, until a brief relocation to New York spurred the creation of Party Foreverer. The band's latest effort once again sees the duo, and their bandmates, deftly combining folk, rock and country stylings in lyrically relatable tunes, this time about the couple's stint in the big city.

Hard Drugs
Mahogany Frog
$10 at the Palomino


Thursday, September 6
If you're a fan of the Weakerthans, chances are you're already familiar with the work of their frontman, Winnipeg's John K. Samson. The indie folk songwriter released his newest solo endeavour (and Polaris Music Prize nominee), Provincial, back in January, drawing the record's inspiration from the various prairie roadways in his home province. Samson is on the road throughout Ontario this month, and his stop in Toronto is likely to be a tour highlight.

John K. Samson
$25 at 918 Bathurst

Friday, September 7
This Friday, cinephiles and music lovers alike will be able to enjoy a creepy -- but fun -- evening inspired by The Shining, courtesy of the Young Lions Music Club, and just in time for TIFF. With live music provided by avant-garde group Absolutely Free and DJ selections from Paradise Animals, the reincarnation of the Outlook Hotel, and the "spiritual presence" that haunts it, should be alternately spooky and dance-inducing.

Absolutely Free
Paradise Animals
$10 at "Room 237," behind Sneaky Dee's

Sunday, September 9
This weekend will mark the convergence of some impressive names on Toronto, as this year's Riot Fest touches down at Fort York. Notable hometown addition Fucked Up are slated to perform at the city's iteration of the fest, along with punk rock vets NOFX and the Descendents, as well as a performance from notorious party-starter Andrew W.K. With 10 artists on the bill for the day, the eighth edition of the festival offers considerable bang for your buck, and a great way to spend an otherwise lazy Sunday.

Fucked Up
The Descendents
Hot Water Music
Less Than Jake
Andrew WK
The Lawrence Arms
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
Organ Thieves
Junior Battles
$29.50 to $65 at Fort York


Friday, September 7
Signing to Sub Pop a couple of years back stationed Milwaukee natives Jaill in the proverbial limelight, and with the release of their label debut in 2010, it became clear that the position was well deserved. The trio are now on the road with their latest release, Traps, which dropped in June, and will be taking their collection of indie pop tunes across the pond to Europe in the coming months. Check them out with lo-fi and soulful noise pop duo Fergus and Geronimo this Friday.

Fergus and Geronimo
$10 at Il Motore

Saturday, September 8
If you're looking for a concentrated helping of Canadian musical talent, search no further than this Saturday's set by Julie Doiron & the Wrong Guys. The prolific New Brunswick-born artist has teamed up with Eamon McGrath and Cancer Bats members Mike Peters and Jason Schwarzer, and with their collaborative 7 inch, "Heartbeats"/"Swan Pond," set for release later this month, now is a great time to check out what the quartet of capable musicians can produce live. Toronto's Dearly Beloved and hometown duo the Redmond Barry's will open things up.

Julie Doiron & the Wrong Guys
Dearly Beloved
The Redmond Barry's
$13 advance, $15 door at Il Motore