Thee Oh Sees, the XX, Crystal Castles and Change of Heart Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Thee Oh Sees, the XX, Crystal Castles and Change of Heart Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
It may be autumn, but tours happen all year round. Many great acts are packing their tour vans and just kicking off their fall tour. Here at Exclaim!, we have your guide for some amazing shows to check out this week in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.


Friday, October 5
The XX released Coexist recently and received rave reviews. Shows have been sold out for most stops on their tour, but if you can get your hand on some tickets for this Friday's show at Vogue, the UK group won't likely disappoint. Joining them is John Talabot, who recently released his ƒIN album.

The XX
John Talabot
$40 (sold out) at Vogue Theatre

Saturday, October 6
Californian garage rockers Thee Oh Sees will be dropping by the Rickshaw Theatre on Saturday. The psych-rock group will probably be showing off some of songs from their recently released Putrifiers II. Joining them are fellow Californians Sic Alps, so it's definitely going to be noisy and likely more than a little crazy.

Thee Oh Sees
Sic Alps
The Highway Kind
$20 at Rickshaw Theatre


Wednesday October 3 and Thursday, October 4
Before heading to Vancouver, Thee Oh Sees will be taking over Calgary's Broken City for two days with the Sic Alps. On Wednesday they'll be playing with the Nancees and on Thursday the Mandates will support.

Thee Oh Sees
Sic Alps
The Nancees (Wednesday)
The Mandates (Thursday)
$21.75 at Broken City

Friday, October 5
Vancouver's HUMANS find themselves in Calgary on Friday at the HiFi Club. They recently toured this year with Young Empires and played a highly entertaining set at Rifflandia, but this time the duo will be headlining the show.

Wax Romeo
$10 at HiFi Club


Thursday, October 4
Jens Lekman comes to Toronto on Thursday to perform some of his guitar-based indie pop at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. This year, the Swede released his most personal record yet called I Know What Love Isn't. Though it may be an album that deals with heartbreak, it features some of the wittiest wordplay and it will be interesting to see Lekman show off the record onstage.

Jens Lekman
$20 advance, $25 door at Phoenix Concert Theatre

Friday, October 5
Change of Heart broke up in 1997, but this year they have returned with a string of reunion shows. On Friday, they will be playing the Horseshoe with a show that will feature participation of every former band member. It will be a rare opportunity to rock out with this band, to say the least.

Change of Heart
Simply Saucer
$15 at Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, October 6
Last month, one of the most packed shows of Victoria's Rifflandia fest was for DJ Shadow and on Saturday he is making his way to the Danforth Music Hall. Guaranteed to have some new live tricks up his sleeve, you'll want to check this one out if you're looking for a sneak peek into Shadow's next move.

DJ Shadow
$20 advance at Danforth Music Hall


Friday, October 5
Mark Kozelek, the Sun Kill Moon and Red House Painters frontman, will be performing an intimate set at Il Motore on Friday. The singer-songwriter will definitely delight with his lush melodies, as well as his hilariously contrasting stage presence and onstage banter.

Mark Kozelek
$20 advance at Il Motore

Saturday, October 6
Seattle's Perfume Genius will bring his lovely ballads to Il Motore on Saturday. Joining him will be Dusted, which is the side-project of Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck, By Divine Right). The pairing will definitely guarantee a night that will be a sonic delight.

Perfume Genius
$11 advance, $13 door at Il Motore

Sunday, October 7
Electro troublemakers Crystal Castles will liven up the Metropolis on Sunday. Their next album (iii) won't be released until November, but chances are they will surprise with some new tracks at the show. They had previously stated that the album deals with "feeling… oppressed" and it'll be interesting how they translate this into their live show.

Crystal Castles
$33.50 at Metropolis