Wednesday, Oct. 14th: Grizzly Bear @ Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St. Grizzly Bear’s unbelievable harmonies, insane musical ability, and bashful onstage demeanour are a recipe for swoon. Live, their songs take on a drama and texture even greater than their complex albums.
Monday, Oct. 19th: Kid Sister @ The Venue, 881 Granville St. Along with her kid brother J2K from Flosstradamus, she helped put Chicago hip hop and electronica on the map, getting a leg up from Kanye West with the song Pro-Nails. Go dance now.
Tuesday, Oct 20th: Islands @ Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings St. No one who wears a sparkly cape has ever disappointed me. This show will be no exception. Learn how to cry sexy.
Wednesday, Oct. 21st: Yo La Tengo @ The Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. The heroes from Hoboken are back with Popular Songs, in which they sometimes sound like Beck and they sometimes sound like they’re from space. Yo La Tengo has been doin’ it well since before I was born, and the party don’t stop. Live, they combine a sense of fun with a sense of spiraling beauty-upbeat songs make the crowd smile and melancholy songs soar. $25 at Zulu, Scratch, Red Cat, and Highlife.
Thursday, Oct. 22nd: The Gossip @ The Commodore Ballroom. Look fierce, dance fiercer. The Gossip will bring raw energy and mad style, so you’ll need to give it right back. Heavy Cross is addictive in that dark rooms, swilling vodka way that something hasn’t been in a few years-like an eerie carnival ride behind the kitchen of your favourite bar. $25 at Zulu, Scratch, Red Cat, and Highlife.
Saturday, Oct. 24th: Amy Millan @ The Biltmore Cabaret, 395 Kingsway. The angel-voiced Stars frontwoman brings her folky, whiskey-soaked solo show to town. Be prepared to tear up during renditions of ‘Skinny Boy’ and her cover of ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark.’ That’s what feelings are for.
Monday, Nov. 2nd: Regina Spektor @ The Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe. It is impossible to watch the unparalleled charm and talent of this soviet songstress live and not fall in love with her.
Tuesday, Nov. 3rd: Metric @ The Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe. It’s catchy, it’s Canadian, it’s killer live-Emily Haines and the boys bring their indie-rock swagger.
Friday, Nov. 6th: Bishop Allen @ The Media Club, 695 Cambie St. Bishop Allen are the quintessential shiny happy indie band-you know, the kind who skip through an enchanted wood (green roof in Brooklyn) wearing vintage leather shoes while line drawings of zoo animals frolic at their feet. We can’t think of a better antidote to November. $13 at Zulu, Scratch, Red Cat, and Ditch (in Victoria).