The XX, Camera Obscura, Do Make Say Think and King Khan & BBQ Show Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

The XX, Camera Obscura, Do Make Say Think and King Khan & BBQ Show 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 26
Okay, the XX's show with Friendly Fires has long been sold out at the Commodore, but of course, if you get creative you could still land yourself a ticket. And if not, you could always check out the XX's in-store at Zulu, which kicks off at 5 p.m., or the show's official after-party at Venue with DJ sets by both the XX and Friendly Fires.

The XX
Friendly Fires
$20 at Commodore Ballroom

Friday, November 27
Once again, Nardwuar is dragging out his Evaporators for a good cause, this time for a fundraiser for CiTR. White Lung and Mt. Career are supporting, and there will be a bit of comedy courtesy of Pump Trolley. It's by donation, but we recommend you donate generously.

The Evaporators
White Lung
Mt. Career
Pump Trolley Comedy
By donation at Wise Hall

Saturday, November 28
With a new album on the horizon, electro party starters Woodhands are back in town. It's guaranteed to get sweaty, and if we're lucky, the guys will be kicking out some new jams.

$10 at Biltmore Cabaret


Thursday, November 26
Glaswegian twee poppers Camera Obscura finally make their way to town with their much-loved My Maudlin Career in tow. Also, Exclaim! faves the Papercuts lend some opening support.

Camera Obscura
The Papercuts
$20 at Phoenix

Friday, November 27
Out supporting his major label debut What Will We Be, freak folk troubadour Devendra Banhart sets down in Toronto for his only Canadian date on his North American tour. Keep an eye out for GZA.

Devendra Banhart
$27.50 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Saturday, November 28
Also opening for Lady Gaga tonight, Cleveland rapper Kid Cudi headlines his own show at the Kool Haus. Let's hope he doesn't burn himself out during that opening slot.

Kid Cudi
Keys N Krates
$27.50 at Kool Haus


Thursday, November 26
Well here's an incestuous show for you. Do Make Say Think and offshoots the Happiness Project and Years set down for a night of heady experimental rock sounds. And with DMST's Other Truths finding the group at their best, this one is a sure bet.

Do Make Say Think
The Happiness Project
$15 (advance)/$18 (door) at La Sala Rossa

Friday, November 27
Still out sporting this year's Eat Darkness, Apostle of Hustle are swinging back through down. Dudes are fresh off a tour with Gogol Bordello, so we're guessing they are one well-oiled live show by this point.

Apostle of Hustle
$13.50 (door) at Il Motore

Monday, November 30
UK buzz band the Big Pink give their 4AD debut A Brief History of Love the live treatment, and mark our words, someone out there is going to fall like dominos.

The Big Pink
Crystal Antlers
$17 at La Sala Rossa


Thursday, November 26
Making their first ever appearance in Calgary, New York-based sound sculptors the Books are in town to preview their upcoming fourth album. With a newfound love of video editing, the duo's enthralling experimentation will be given another dimension. Given that the Books are beloved worldwide, it will likely be a long time before they reappear in Calgary, so missing this would be a huge mistake.

The Books
$20 at Broken City

Friday November 27
There's no better way to kick off your week than with some painfully heavy metal. Why not let Priestess, Bison B.C. and Early Man help you out in the riff department?

Bison B.C.
Early Man
$TBA at the Distillery

Saturday, November 28
If you have any more tolerance left for brain-exploding metal, you will probably have a great time checking out Municipal Waste's show tonight. However, we happen to know that Priestess and Bison B.C. are going to leave you half deaf, so we recommend the relatively calmer sounds of indie pop mavens the Hidden Cameras and Gentlemen Reg.

The Hidden Cameras
Topless Mongos
Gentleman Reg
$15 at Broken City


Thursday, November 26

Despite a famed run-in with the cops that nearly shutdown their tour, the eternally bad-ass King Khan & BBQ Show forge on. Fresh after a night in Calgary, the band bring the Sub-linguals and Those Darlins on for a top-notch garage bill.

King Khan & BBQ Show
The Sub-linguals
Those Darlins
$TBA at the Pawnshop

Friday, November 27
On the home-stretch from their epic cross-Canada tour, BC dance rock kids You Say Party! We Say Die! make a pit stop in Edmonton. Bringing the much-buzzed Little Girls with them, this is a night of Canadian music worth blogging about.

You Say Party! We Say Die!
Little Girls
$TBA at Likwid Lounge

Saturday, November 28
In support of their recent The World I Want to Leave Behind, Ontario rockers Moneen will tear up Edmonton with their wild, energetic live show. With support from Comeback Kid side-project Sights & Sounds, this event is sure to bring out the young, melodic punk kid in all of you.

Sights and Sounds
$15 at the Pawnshop