The real Manson and a fake Floyd

Your weekly fine options for music in Calgary

There’s something wonderfully surreal about Marilyn Manson playing at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Thursday September 10. It warms the cockles of my heart to picture Manson’s fans sitting calmly in their theatre seats those in the upper tiers using their opera glasses for a better view of the singer as he croons songs like “Irresponsible Hate Anthem” and “Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon” then erupting into polite applause. Sadly for those without tickets the show’s already sold out but there are usually ways around that for creative types.

If you can’t make it to the Jubilee though Manson’s not the only big rock show in town that night. The Australian Pink Floyd Show — world-renowned as one of the best tribute bands in the business — will be at the Jack Singer on September 10. This one’s pretty much self-explanatory but if you want something that closely approximates an excellent classic rock show this is your best bet.

Juno-nominated East Coast rapper Classified is heading through Calgary for the second time in six months still supporting his well-regarded 13th album Self-Explanatory . This time he’ll be playing Flames Central on Friday September 11 alongside Adelaide South Australia’s Hilltop Hoods so if you’re wondering what hip hop sounds like in the land of churches and bars here’s your chance to find out.

Saturday September 12 is a perfect day to support Calgary’s local talent with the Xposure 2009 rap party. Spotlighting the winners of this year’s X92 Xposure contest the night will feature wunderkinds Random Task Collective along with The Lions Madcowboys The Cripple Creek Fairies and Ghostkeeper . On top of all that the decidedly non-local Arkells is also on the bill.

If you’re looking for something a little more mellow there’s always Michael Powers playing the Epcor Centre as part of the Carma Acoustic Blues Series. His music has been described as a blend of Hendrix and Muddy Waters — so not exactly mellow when you get down to it. He’s playing on Saturday September 12 as well.

Lastly West Coast thrashers Three Inches of Blood will be at The Warehouse this Wednesday September 16. Fresh off an appearance at Bumbershoot and a run of shows in their home province of B.C. they’re sure to be at their pulverizing best.