The big thing this month for most of you is the Calgary Stampede, which is hosting all kinds of crud on its Coca-Cola Stage from Thursday, July 5 to Sunday, July 15. From Makeshift Innocence and Our Lady Peace, to The Sheepdogs and Big Sugar, the only thing potentially worth checking out is Carly Rae Jepsen, who will probably just sing her one hit for an entire hour. Now that I’ve mentioned the Coca-Cola Stage, let us never speak of it again.
Instead, why not treat yourself to some mainstream thug rap courtesy of Young Money signee Tyga? The “Rack City” hit-maker will appear at Flames Central on Friday, July 6. I can promise you this: the crowd will definitely be douchey and the sound will probably be terrible, and there’s also a possibility that you’ll get beat up if you look at someone the wrong way. But it also might be really fun!
Juno Award-winning Cancon is not really my jam, but I feel like it’s my duty to those vanilla music fans out there to inform you that Vancouver’s Said the Whale will be returning to Alberta, hitting The Banff Centre on Friday, July 6 with guests Boreal Sons. Honestly, if you’re going to make the trip out there you’d probably be more entertained by the giant stuffed bear at the fudge store, but I’m telling you about this show because it’s my job.
Speaking of Juno Award-winning Cancon, Haligonian heartthrob Joel Plaskett is returning to Calgary to play Local 522 on Sunday, July 8. Seriously, does dude ever stop touring the country? I feel like he’s in town more often than I am, and I live here.
If you’ve got a long, possibly braided goatee, you don’t give a fuck about all that bullshit I’ve been talking about in the above paragraphs. You want some fuckin’ METAL! In that case, hit up Republik on Monday, July 9 for fuckin’ Fear Factory, fuckin’ Voivod, fuckin’ Cattle Decapitation, fuckin’ Misery Index and so much fuckin’ more. Fuck yes! *rips shirt off, Hulk Hogan style*
Sorry, I don’t know what just happened to me. Anyway, another great show happening this week is the return of Canadian rock icons Sloan, who will hit Local 522 on Tuesday, July 10. These guys have aged gracefully, and they continue to put out top-quality pop rock. There’s really nothing bad to say about Sloan, and this show is worth checking out.
Speaking of age, how are we still referring to The Beach Boys as boys? Sure, they probably wear the hell out of some diapers at this point, but they’re definitely old men. Either way, The Beach Old Men just plopped out a brand new album, and they’ll hit the Saddledome on Wednesday, July 11. If the visuals are just a slideshow of their grandkids, I’m gonna be pissed.