Thee Oh Sees, Diamond Rings, Ra Ra Riot, the Grapes of Wrath and Land of Talk Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Thee Oh Sees, Diamond Rings, Ra Ra Riot, the Grapes of Wrath and Land of Talk 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, November 18
There is one guarantee in attending a MYTHS show: you will witness live music unlike any you've ever heard before. Former Mutators singer Lief Hall has taken to creating gloomy, abrasive electronica with her new music collaboration, and while we're still waiting for the duo to drop their first full-length, you can catch MYTHS performing with Babe Rainbow and Tassles at Honey Lounge.

Babe Rainbow
$5 at Honey Lounge

Friday, November 19
San Francisco, CA garage rockers Thee Oh Sees have earned a reputation as masters of their audiences, as well as their instruments, and that's no surprise, considering they have been almost constantly on tour since they formed over ten years ago. The band will be supporting their latest album, Warm Slime, at the Biltmore Cabaret this Friday, along with the Dead Ghosts.

Thee Oh Sees
The Dead Ghosts
$17 at Biltmore Cabaret

Saturday, November 20
Guelph, ON glammy synthster John O'Regan, the heart and soul behind Diamond Rings, has been garnering well-deserved buzz as of late. More reason to catch the hyped act, as he will be stopping by the Biltmore Cabaret for an epic dance-athon in support of his debut album, Special Affectations, with Vancouver, BC electro group Humans and Teen Daze lending opening support.

Diamond Rings
Teen Daze
$11 at Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, November 18
If you've never caught Thee Oh Sees live, you seriously don't want to miss this one. Coming with more sweat, spit and garage pop fury than most humans can handle, the band are guaranteed to make you rock the fuck out, in the best way possible.

Thee Oh Sees
Fist City
$16 at Republik

Friday, November 19
Diamond Rings is garnering a lot of well-deserved buzz lately and John O'Regan's synth-glam project will be continuing its cross Canada dance-athon with a stop at Broken City.

Diamond Rings
Miesha and the Spanks
$TBA at Broken City

Sunday, November 21
Frazey Ford has received much critical acclaim for her latest solo release, Obadiah, which came out this year. The album features porcelain folk mixed with a smooth R&B sound, which results in a collection of beautifully crafted songs, including an unforgettable cover of Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee." Let the BC resident and member of the Be Good Tanyas soothe you with her soulful vocals at the Ironwood Stage & Grill.

Frazey Ford
$10 at Ironwood Stage & Grill


Thursday, November 18
Ra Ra Riot and Wintersleep are teaming up to give you a night of straight-up indie pop dancing at the Starlite Room. The fun-loving Ra Ra Riot surely won't disappoint music lovers who crave a night of bopping along to non-stop sugary pop anthems.

Ra Ra Riot
Listening Party
$25 at Starlite Room

Friday, November 19
Norwegian symphonic metal band Dimmu Borgir are on tour supporting their newly released album, ABRAHADABRA. They will be turning their amps up to 11 and dropping by MacEwan Hall to unleash some serious metal, along with fellow hardcore thrashers Enslaved, Blood Red Thrown and Dawn of Ashes.

Dimmu Borgir
Enslaved Blood
Red Throne
Dawn of Ashes
$35.75 at Edmonton Event Centre

Saturday, November 20
Anyone wanting a solid pop rock performance will always be able to look to Jason Collett for a surefire bet. The sometimes Broken Social Scene and Zeus member, as well as successful solo troubadour, is on tour right now supporting his latest album, Pony Tricks. Catch him with Nova Scotian folk vet Al Tuck at the Haven Social Club.

Jason Collett
Al Tuck
$15 at Haven Social Club


Thursday, November 18
Summer's over, but we can all pretend it's not by getting sweaty to the summery synth sounds of Delorean, who are touring behind Subiza, an album described as "brilliant, beautiful pop music" that will "leave you dizzy." But first, quench your thirst with openers Lemonade.

$15 at Mod Club

Friday, November 19
Heads up, people! For the first time in 18 years, West coast folksters Grapes of Wrath will be playing a limited Canadian tour, including a stop at Toronto's Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Seriously, people have been waiting years for this.

The Grapes of Wrath
$17.50 at Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, November 20
She's quirky, she's dancerfic, she's Maylee Todd and her concert at the North York Central Library on Saturday night is going to be free! Catch the playful pop princess, along with expansive and brassy Guelph, ON fun-loving sextet the Magic at the North York Central Library.

Maylee Todd
The Magic
Free at North York Central Library


Thursday, November 18
Post-punk pop maven Elizabeth Powell is the soul behind Montreal's Land of Talk. Her critically acclaimed music has been produced by the likes of Justin Vernon and she has collaborated with members of Arcade Fire, Stars and Wintersleep. Catch her, along with the beautiful pop renderings of Snailhouse and Braids, at Cabaret Du Mile End.

Land of Talk
$15 at Cabaret Du Mile End

Friday, November 19
Country troubadour Royal Wood will be showcasing the delicate song craftsmanship off his newest album, The Waiting, at Sala Rossa, along with skyrocketing songstress Hannah Georgas, who is riding high on the recent attention of her first full-length album, the understatedly titled This Is Good.

Royal Wood
Hannah Georgas
$13.50 at Sala Rossa

Saturday, November 20
Run the musical gauntlet this Saturday night with M Pour Metropolis, which will be showcasing a musical lineup that swings between genres. Juno-nominated beat master Poirier, Montreal party starters Misteur Valaire, radio-friendly heavy metal hitters Priestess, dramatic indie rockers the Dears, adorable country folk artist Pascale Picard and the entrancing pop sounds of La Patere Rose are all on deck.

Misteur Valaire
The Dears
Pascale Picard
La Patere Rose
$24.33 (advance)/$29.50 (door) at Metropolis