Yo La Tengo, Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie and Yukon Blonde Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Yo La Tengo, Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie and Yukon Blonde Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
As always, we at Exclaim! suggest you head out and see some awesome live music this week. And we know there's a lot out there to choose from, so we've narrowed down some picks for music fans in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Here are this week's picks for Can't Miss Concerts.


Thursday, April 19
Portland, OR indie folk outfit Horse Feathers will be making the trek up the West Coast to play to fans in Vancouver on Thursday evening. Their fourth LP Cynic's New Year is released just days before the VanCity appearance, so there's no better time to get out and hear the new material from Justin Ringle and his rootsy collective. Fellow Portland musicians Death Songs will be opening the show.

Horse Feathers
Death Songs
$15 at the Biltmore Cabaret

Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21
British stadium balladeers Coldplay will have the crowd at Rogers Arena waving their cellphones in the air and swaying in sync when they take over the venue on Friday and Saturday night. Currently touring their latest record Mylo Xyloto, the band are sure to deliver some old sing-along favourites as well.

$49.50 to $110 at Rogers Arena


Saturday, April 21
After recently released their sophomore LP Tiger Talk, BC retro rockers Yukon Blonde have been popping up on everyone's radar and are definitely worth checking out when they roll through Calgary this weekend. Filling out Saturday night's lineup are rootsy Toronto alt-country outfit the Great Bloomers and Alberta natives the Collapse.

Yukon Blonde
The Great Bloomers
The Collapse
$15 at the Palomino


Thursday, April 19
Still touring in support of last year's Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie will have the emo kids who grew up with the band flocking to Massey Hall on Thursday evening to see Ben Gibbard and co. Sure to deliver some of the old favourites, in addition to the new material, this is the perfect chance for fans to see the indie rockers in a lovely venue. They'll even be performing with members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra.

Death Cab for Cutie
$65.50 at Massey Hall

Friday, April 20
If you want to see a night of awesome music for a great cause, head over to Lee's Palace on Friday night. Proceeds from the show will go towards a trust fund for the sons of murdered Oakville woman Katherine Newman, whose husband was shot dead by Halton police on the same day, leaving three sons (aged 7, 10 and 12) parentless. Owen Pallett, Bry Webb, Basia Bulat, Jim Guthrie, Sandro Perri and more musical guests have joined forces to perform at a benefit for the Newman boys on Friday evening.

Owen Pallett
Bry Webb
Basia Bulat
Jim Guthrie
Sandro Perri
$15 at Lee's Palace

Saturday, April 21
Veteran indie rockers Yo La Tengo will be showing off their more ambient side this weekend at Toronto's Images Festival. Their music will be accompanied by vintage science films by Jean Painlevé, which feature footage of, um, jellyfish and seahorses giving birth. Toronto artist Mantler will also be performing and a screening of Larissa Fan's The Tide Goes In, the Tide Goes Out will provide audience members with more jellyfish visuals.

Yo La Tengo
$25 advance, $30 door at Toronto Underground Cinema


Friday, April 20
Indie heroes Death Cab for Cutie will be arriving in Montreal the day after their Toronto gig to perform with the Magik*Magik Orchestra in tow. Touring on the strength of 2011's Codes and Keys, Ben Gibbard and the gang will surely be playing old favourites as well.

Death Cab for Cutie
$46.65 advance, $56.65 door at L'Eglise Saint-Jean Baptiste

Wednesday, April 25
East Coast rocker Joel Plaskett and his band the Emergency will be bringing their new record Scrappy Happiness to the Corona Theatre on Wednesday evening. Though he's sure to deliver an entertaining set, Plaskett isn't the only big name on the bill. Special guest Frank Turner will be over on this side of the Atlantic to share some of his folk punk tunes with the crowd.

Joel Plaskett Emergency
Frank Turner
$18.50 advance, $20 door at Corona Theatre