Selling out a show is pretty impressive. Selling out four shows is definitely a sign you’ve arrived. Granted, local two-piece Death From Above 1979 did it in a smallish venue in their hometown, but it’s still a feat. Starting tonight, DFA1979 will be taking over the Horseshoe for four shows in three nights, each show featuring a different formidable opening bill.
Tonight, controller.controller and From Fiction lead things off, Friday night belongs to C’mon and Uncut, C’mon and Masa One get the call for Saturday’s all-ages matinee show while The Illuminati and Priestess help DFA1979 close things out. NOW talks to the duo about what prompted them to go for the multi-night/tiny-venue thing.
DFA1979 isn’t the only act in town playing the multi-night stand game this weekend, either. Also acronym-friendly, Montreal’s A Silver Mount Zion (ASMZ to their friends) started their three-night stand at the Tranzac last night and continue things tonight and tomorrow. Drumheller opens tonight, Sandro Perri Friday. Tickets $10 if any remain.
The upcoming long weekend also features acts who aren’t so into commitment, if you’re looking for a good old fashioned one-night stand. More after the jump.
Thursday, July 28:
Ray LaMontagne compliments his evening show at the Mod Club with an in-store at Soundscapes at 6PM. Tickets for the main event are $16.50. Fuzzed-out adrenaline machine SS Cardiacs are at Sneaky Dee’s and local rising alt.country star Justin Rutledge is at the Rivoli, tickets $10.
Friday, July 29:
Singer/songwriter/pugilism fan Aimee Mann checks in for a show at the Phoenix in support of her latest album, The Forgotten Arm. Tickets $30.
Saturday, July 30:
Highway 400 up to Barrie will be wall-to-wall skateboards as the faithful trek up to Molson Park for this year’s installment of the Vans Warped Tour. Some of the countless acts on the bill this year include The Offspring, Fallout Boy and Millencolin. Tickets will run you $41.25.
Sunday, July 31:
Wavelength #274 will feature The Vulcan Dub Squad (who are not, in fact, Vulcans), Ultimate Power Duo (who are not, in fact, a duo) and Kat Burns (who is, in fact, Kat Burns). Sneaky Dee’s, pay what you can. Elsewhere, David Gray is at the Carlu and classic rock continues to rule at The Docks, where The Strange Days Festival brings D21C (formerly The Doors Of The 21st Century, formerly The Doors), Vanilla Fudge and Pat Travers.
Monday, August 1:
English singer/songwriter Scout Niblett finally makes it into town for a show at the Horseshoe with locals Picastro and Five Blank Pages along for support. Tickets $8.50 in advance, $10 at the door.
Tuesday, August 2:
You can argue whether or not they’re the biggest, best or most sincere band in the world today, but you can’t argue that they’re the most ubiquitous – Coldplay gets sensitive at the Air Canada Centre tonight, but be sure to get there early to see Vancouver’s Black Mountain terrorize the early birds. That’s sure to be worth the price of admission ($57 to $71) alone. And one of the former biggest (boy) bands in the world, The Backstreet Boys try to prove they’re not just for kids at the Molson Amphitheatre.
Wednesday, August 3:
It’s a 70s revival all around when Southern boys The Kings Of Leon team up with prog-revivalists The Secret Machines at the Kool Haus. The Helio Sequence are also along for the ride. And the 80s won’t stay buried as the Rock Never Stops tour stops in at the Docks. See Cinderella, Firehouse, Quiet Riot and Ratt trade hot metal licks, spandex upkeep advice and hair care tips. And if that’s not metal enough for you, Iron Maiden are at the Molson Amphitheatre. How much more metal can you get? The answer is none. None more metal.