Goings on – week of April 19 2012

Aging punk fans with neck tattoos rejoice as your country-tinged heroes Social Distortion will return to town for a headlining stint at MacEwan Hall on Thursday April 19. Mike Ness has been slicking back his hair and churning it out with Social D since 1978. That’s a lot of pomade.

Maybe you need at least two shows in one night to choose from. Luckily for you ridiculously hard-to-please patron the smorgasbord of sound is even bigger on Thursday with yet another show worth considering as local avant-pop group Geist will make an appearance at Vicious Circle alongside Party Cat on Thursday April 19.

Then if you’re not too stoned and watching Ice Cube’s cult comedies at home Friday April 20 will offer a decent showcase from Edmonton power pop-infused indie rockers Jeff Stuart and the Hearts at Broken City . They’ll be bringing the hits from their recent album Equal Parts Reason and Moonlight . It’s not exactly weed music but you potheads always find a way to enjoy yourselves wherever you are.

It’ll never come anywhere near a laser Pink Floyd show but maybe you’d rather spend your 4/20 vibing out to classical versions of songs by The Police . If that’s you and I’m curious to know who you are then the CPO will be offering “Every Breath You Take — A Tribute to Sting and The Police” at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

There’s guaranteed to be different types of drugs being passed around on Saturday April 21 with a one-two punch of dance acts. For one thing there’s a DJ duo actually called Designer Drugs hitting the Republik. They’re one of those corny electronic dance music acts that borrows heavily from punk visuals but with a name like that all I can think of is a Degrassi -style after-school special.

For something a little less trend-obsessed it would be better to give German trance master Paul van Dyk a shot at Flames Central that same night. Sure there are legions of electro-haters in Calgary but if you’re looking for a straight-up dance party you could do a lot worse than an evening with a production veteran. Read our interview with van Dyk on the Fast Forward Weekly blog.

If you’d rather stay in your Canrock comfort zone however quota-fillers Yukon Blonde Library Voices and Great Bloomers will bring their government-sanctioned indie pop to The Palomino on Saturday April 21. I’m not saying you have to go but there’s a small chance you’ll be deported for treason if you don’t at least express an interest in seeing these bands.