TV on the Radio, Wire, Library Voices and Black Lips Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

TV on the Radio, Wire, Library Voices and Black Lips Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Like every Thursday, we've done the heavy-lifting and delivered Can't Miss Concerts, our weekly guide to your best bets for gigging in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.


Thursday, April 14
The very same Wire that brought Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154 (among other great records) into the world are poised to rock the Rickshaw Theatre. Longtime fans and curious punk rock-loving souls alike should make it their business to get acquainted, or re-acquainted, with the post-punk elder statesmen's brand of art-heavy mayhem.

$20 at the Rickshaw Theatre

Friday, April 15
Icelandic songstress Olof Arnalds will illuminate the Waldorf with her studied take on folk music. Touring in support of her critically acclaimed 2010 album, Innundir Skinni, Arnalds is sure to deliver a treat that fans of acoustic arrangements and smooth, breathy vocals won't soon forget.

Olof Anralds
$13 at the Waldorf

Saturday, April 16
This one calls for a special occasion. Vancouver, BC's Neptoon Records (the store) is celebrating Record Store Day yet again with an avalanche of more than ten bands. Acts like the Tranzmitors, Red Cedar, Hospital Blonde, the Bleeding Horse Express and the Fiends -- to name only a few -- will be pulverizing the store with free live music from 11 a.m. 'til late into the night.

FREE at Neptoon Records


Thursday, April 14
Regina, SK's Library Voices are bringing the renewed energy and power pop convictions, which have have become part of their M.O., to the Gateway. Songs from the band's upcoming Summer of Lust ought to stimulate some heat, hormones and fun times, even if summer is still a couple months away.

Library Voices
$15 to $20 at The Gateway

Friday, April 15
Hip-hop veteran Ice Cube is ready to bust some beats, spit some rhymes and tear the roof off Flames Central. Touring in support of 2010's I Am the West, those in the westernmost prairie province would be foolish to miss the rare opportunity to watch the former N.W.A. member and hip-hop icon do his thing.

Ice Cube
$48 at Flames Central

Saturday, April 16
Vancouver, BC-based indie rock veteran Dan Bejar is bringing a small orchestra to help him and the rest of Destroyer add even more sonic depth to the band's live show while they play songs from Kaputt, their brilliant new album. Live renditions of wonderfully lush tracks like "Kaputt," "Suicide Demo for Kara Walker" and "Blue Eyes" should satisfy the cravings of both diehard fans and the recently converted.

War on Drugs
$18 at the Royal Canadian Legion #1


Thursday, April 14
Dylan Baldi and his band, Cloud Nothings, will be stomping their way into the Horseshoe in support of their new self-titled album. Baldi and company's lo-fi aesthetic and quirky melodies should make a good fit with the Horseshoe's low-key atmosphere.

Cloud Nothings
$10 advance, $12 door at the Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, April 15
Hendrik Weber is coming all the way from Germany to unveil his richly textured electronic compositions as Pantha du Prince. Live tracks from Pantha du Prince's well-received 2010 album, Black Noise, should elevate dour moods with its more spirited moments or create a soundtrack for thoughtful contemplation as they drift into more cerebral territory.

Pantha du Prince
The Sight Below
$15 at Sneaky Dee's

Saturday, April 16
Black Lips (the garage rockers from Atlanta, GA) are all set to infuse the Phoenix with their sonic attack, in support of their upcoming album, Arabia Mountain. They will likely have lots of support in the garage department, with opening acts like the Brooklyn, NY-based Vivian Girls and the White Wires, while the three bands' combined efforts should create a value-packed musical attack.

Black Lips
Vivian Girls
The White Wires
$18.50 advance, $20 door at the Phoenix


Thursday, April 14
Edmonton, AB's Gobble Gobble are set to infiltrate Il Motore with their spazzy brand of electro pop, as is their partner in crime, Halifax, NS-based electro pop experimentalist Rich Aucoin. Two of their like-minded electronic pop peers, the Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! and Le Monde dans le Feu, are combining forces with them in their quest to turn the venue into one big, joyous dance floor.

Gobble Gobble
Rich Aucoin
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!
Le Monde dans le Feu
$8 advance, $10 door at Il Motore

Friday, April 15
Just one day before their Toronto gig, the prolific Black Lips will rock their way through Montreal at Le National. The one-two punch of the supporting Vivian Girls and Puerto Rican garage rockers Davila 666 should set the night up so the Black Lips can knock it down.

Black Lips
Vivian Girls
Davila 666
$18.50 advance, $20 door at Le National

Sunday, April 17
Brooklyn, NY-based indie rock cult heroes TV on the Radio are continuing their gradual evolution from richly textured indie rock band to off-kilter funk act at the Metropolis. New songs from the freshly released Nine Shades of Light and favourites from past records like 2006's Return to Cookie Mountain should satisfy the yearnings of longtime fans who've been waiting for this band to return over the past few years.

TV on the Radio
Lissy Trullie
$30 at Metropolis