Goings On – week of July 18 2013

In addition to his work in Calgary acts like Lab Coast and Samantha Savage Smith’s backing band bespectacled man-about-town Chris Dadge is a stalwart of Calgary’s burgeoning noise free jazz and improv scenes. His Bug Incision record label continues to bring all things weird to the masses while he continues to bring in talented artists for his ongoing concert series.

This week he’ll look back on an artist that inspires him with a showcase from Darren Williams the British Columbia-based Calgarian expat. An accomplished saxophonist and bassoonist with a BFA in music performance from York University Williams presented an important series of local free jazz concerts called nach Hause when he lived here in the early 2000s. He’ll return with a new album on Bug Incision in tow performing at Weeds Café on Thursday July 18 along with Jonathon Wilcke and Seizure Salad .

If academic sax squonking isn’t your thing you may want to head over to Broken City that same night as Vancouver pop genius Jay Arner will return to town in support of his fantastic debut solo album Jay Arner . The artist and his backing band ended up playing multiple times over Flood Island weekend so he should know how to handle a Calgary audience by now. He’ll be appearing at Broken City alongside New Friends and Cult Babies .

Still not satisfied? Try greening out to the sludgy stoner metal sounds of Wilmington North Carolina’s Weedeater who’ll appear alongside Witchstone and Chron Goblin at The Palomino on Thursday July 18. With that much pot-related music hitting a barbecue restaurant this event can only be described as “hickory smoked.”

On Friday July 19 you may want to call in sick for at least some of work as jetsetting legend Diplo is bringing a stacked lineup of talent to the first-ever Calgary edition of the Mad Decent Block Party taking place at Prairie Winds Park. In addition to the futuristic dancehall of Diplo’s own Major Lazer project the event includes appearances from Zeds Dead Dillon Francis Flosstradamus Big Gigantic Paul Devro and Smalltown DJs . In this week’s cover story Diplo promises that it’ll be unlike any other outdoor concert you’ve been to.

If you’re not feeling the EDM vibes there’s a diverse punk show hitting Broken City on Friday July 19 with the return of Calgary skate punks Sheglank’d Shoulders who’ll perform alongside horror rockers Forbidden Dimension poppy punks Sabertooth and a band called Vain Collapse who either love them some puns or can’t spell.

On Saturday July 20 the Spirit of Truth hardcore kids will continue to terrorize the city with yet another hardcore show at Tubby Dog this time involving Weak Link . They’re travelling all the way from St. John’s Newfoundland so make sure you take the time to circle pit between bites of your hot dog. The show also includes appearances from three of the city’s best hardcore acts: The Chain Putos and newcomers (pun intended) Sperm .