After a fairly dry (in many senses of the word) summer, there look to be a lot of good shows coming up in the Vancouver area over the next couple of weeks. Here’s a partial list:
Brian Wilson (Aug. 29, Queen Elizabeth Theatre): the legendary Wilson is touring ‘Smile’ which was voted onto many ‘Best of…’ lists this year.
Garbage (Aug. 30, Commodore): Grammy Award-nominated pop group, hailing from the US.
New York Dolls (Sept. 1, Commodore): only two of the original guys from the band are still in the land of the living, but these are the gents that kick-started the whole punk thing. Quincy Gold and Black Halos open.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (Sept. 2, Richards): Paul Weller-type pop rock from NYC; the British press is raving about this band.
Terminal City Block Party (Victory Square, Sept. 5): this free concert runs from 1-8 pm and features Pink Mountaintops, p:ano, Ladyhawk, Calamalka, the Book of Lists, Christa Min, Fond of Tigers and DJ Sipreano.
Oasis (Sept.8, GM Place) apologies, as I’ve never been an Oasis fan, but Jet and Kasabian are opening – they’re not too bad; maybe you could go and just leave early?
Indie Music Video Festival (Sept. 9, Railway Club): Precious Feathers and the Weather appear live; also featured are 40 rarely-seen indie-music videos collected from all over the globe.
The Bravery (Sept. 11, Richards): yet another NYC-based ‘80s-style electro-pop band.
Black Mountain (Sept. 13, Richards): of the famous Vancouver collective; fresh off the Coldplay tour. S.T.R.E.E.T.S. and Christa Min open.
Antony and the Johnsons (Sept. 15, St. Andrews Wesley Church): this is the perfect setting to see this very theatrical crooner – another NYC-based singer that the UK music press is crazy about.
New Pornographers (Sept. 23, Commodore): Vancouver heroes who we don’t get to see play often enough; with Destroyer and Immaculate Machine.
The Killers (Oct. 13, Pacific Coliseum): saw them last year at the much-smaller Commodore – they were good. And you don’t get too many decent bands that call Vegas home…
Bauhaus (Oct. 20, Centre for the Performing Arts): if you can still remember the ‘80s, then maybe this is the show for you – the band returns with its original line-up… and I believe Bela Lugosi is still dead.
Canned Hamm (Oct. 29, Railway Club) ‘Lil Hamm and Big Hamm, the kings of disco-pop, will make you laugh, make you cry and dance uncomfortably close to you. Promises to be fun. Come on, everyone, after me: “Seafood taco!! Ay yai yai yai yai!!”