Well, we’ve reached the end of summer. We might get a few more sunny days before the rain hits, but whatever the weather, we can count on some killer shows in our favourite dark, sweaty venues.
As ever, a disclaimer that music is subjective blah blah blah. This is my list, and these are the shows I’m excited about this month.
Who doesn’t love a block party? This one’s made even better by the addition of some sweet bands. The highlight for me is Needles//Pins who are sure to have you rocking. Good-time punk rock for all!
Against Me! – The Vogue Theatre
At this stage, Against Me! is an iconic band due to its soulful brand of punk rock. Far from resting on those well-deserved laurels, the recent output of Laura Jane Grace et al is just as good as ever — searing, powerful rock music.
Frank Turner – The Commodore Ballroom
This English singer-songwriter defines folk-punk. Embrace the chance to revel in his sing-a-long, poetic, earthy music.
PUP – The Vogue Theatre
PUP has released two cracking albums already and there is sure to be more to come. The band’s energetic punk is sure to make for a fun evening at the Vogue. If you haven’t already, check out their inventive music videos.
Woodhawk w/ BORT – The Astoria
Supreme nerds Woodhawk sing songs about Star Wars among other things, setting them to some delectable stoner-style metal. Support comes from Vancouver’s very own BORT, also well worth a listen.
Yawning Man – The Astoria
Mario Lalli’s Yawning Man is pretty much the ur-band of the California desert scene which spawned the likes of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. The band’s snarling riffs will blast the flesh from your bones.
Dead Meadow w/ Black Wizard, Dead Quiet + Hashteroid – The Cobalt
Bloody hell, what a lineup! I’d go to see any one of these bands, but having them all at one show is unbelievable. Show up and rock out at this feast of stoner metal.
Neck of the Woods Album Release – Pub 340
If stoner rock isn’t your style, this is a great alternative on September 22. Celebrating the release of their new album, The Passenger, Vancouver prog-rockers Neck of the Woods will be carving up my favourite dive bar.
Death Valley Girls – The Astoria
The occult trappings of this California garage band make for a fun live show, but that’s just the (black, demonic) icing on the cake of their excellent tunes.
Sheer Mag – The Rickshaw Theatre
Enjoy an energetic show from this Phildelphia band, which plays 70s-style hard rock with just a little twist of soul. With a husky voice akin to that of Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Sheer Mag’s Tina Halladay will have you hooked.
Billy Bragg – The Commodore Ballroom
Seeing this legendary protest singer is an excellent way to round off the month. Roar along with Bragg’s class-conscious lyricism.