Sic Alps, Mental Beast, Lullabye Arkestra and the Dudes Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Sic Alps, <i>Mental Beast</i>, Lullabye Arkestra and the Dudes 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.


Friday, December 18
If you feel out of touch with Vancouver's music scene, here's your best shot at getting all caught up in one night. Led by masterminds Cameron Reed (Music Waste/Babe Rainbow) and Conor Holler (Bronx Cheer), the ambitious Mental Beast project pulls together several of Vancity's finest for this multimedia holiday extravaganza. To read about how awesome this will be, check out our story here.

Mental Beast featuring:
Machu Pichu
Fine Mist
Makeout Videotape
World Club
Needles & Pins
Analog Bell Service
Rose Melberg
Tight Solid
Apollo Ghosts
$5 with non-perishable food item/$10 without at Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, December 18
Despite the Mental Beast show also happening that night, we have to highly recommend this Twee Death throwdown as well. Making a rare Canadian appearance, Drag City's Magik Markers and Sic Aps are pairing up for this killer night of psychedelic and unabashedly noisy garage. As an extra bonus, the merch table promises to be teeming with vinyl, thanks to both the bands and Vancity wax peddler Pop Drones.

Magik Markers
Sic Alps
Shearing Pinx
$12 at Rickshaw Theatre

Saturday, December 19
Here's a no-brainer: Vancouver punk legends the Pointed Sticks pair up with the Evaporators for an all-ages afternoon show that's guaranteed to slap a smile on your face as you happily pogo about. Doors are a 2 p.m. and the show goes from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pointed Sticks
The Evaporators
Pretty Vanilla
$TBA at Rio Theatre


Thursday, December 17
Okay, this show comes with a secret, so shhhhh... Not only are Lullabye Arkestra and Tropics playing this shindig, but rumour has it Constantines and Ladyhawk are both making a surprise appearance. If you miss out, you can always catch these secret headliners in Toronto on Friday and Saturday at Lee's Palace.

Lullabye Arkestra
$10 at Garrison

Friday, December 18
Toronto imprint We Are Busy Bodies is turning five this year, and to celebrate, its throwing this party, which comes featuring DD/MM/YYY, Metz, Mayor McCa, Germans and DJs Meligrove Band. A definite can't miss.  

Mayor McCa
$5 with five cans of food/$10 without at Garrison

Saturday, December 19
Just move into the Garrison this weekend, because once again the venue is hosting another great show, this time headlined by Toronto dance punk four-piece Spiral Beach.

Spiral Beach
Heartbeat Hotel
$10 at Garrison


Thursday, December 17
If you're looking for a night of heady trip-hop goodness, hunker down with this show by Montreal's Beast. Shit will get heady.

$22.50 at Club Soda

Friday, December 18
All signs to point to this show being nothing but a big pile of fun. As the PR tells us about this Elfin Saddle-led folk-out: "We are gonna build this awesome campfire in the middle of the Green Room and gather around the fakeness to keep warm... It's a round robin show. A round robin means that we are gonna each play a few songs and move onto the next guy. Round and around." After that, there are promises of booty shaking.

Elfin Saddle
Lake of Stew
The Points North
$8 at Green Room


Thursday, December 17
Following a disastrous bike accident for the Dudes drummer Scott Ross, Broken City is hosting All I Want for Christmas is My 3 Front Teeth, a fundraiser to help with his medical bills. The two-night event kicks off on Thursday with performances from Chris Vail, the Dojo Workhorse and more.

Chris Vail
the Dojo Workhorse
$10 at Broken City

Friday, December 18
Night two of Broken City's charitable All I Want for Christmas is My 3 Front Teeth sees performances from the Dudes, the Neckers, Sabertooth and more.

the Dudes
the Neckers
$10 at Broken City

Saturday, December 19
After all that indie rock, you might be up for something a little more alternative. If so, AFI, Cage the Elephant and Melissa Auf Der Maur will be teaming up for Jingle Bell Rock 2009.

Cage the Elephant
Melissa Auf Der Maur
$39.50 at Big Four Building


Friday, December 18

Celebrate the fifth anniversary of rising Alberta label Pop Echo with performances from Outdoor Miners, Heat-Ray and JAZZ, along with a DJ set from Roland Pemberton (aka Cadence Weapon).

Outdoor Miners
$TBA at Likwid Lounge

Sunday, December 20

Now living in San Francisco, Edmonton hero Cecil Frena is home for the holidays, and bringing his mind-blowing electro pop team GOBBLE GOBBLE with him. Prepare to dance yourself silly.

$TBA at Avenmore Community Hall