The term “art rock” gets bandied about on a regular basis but that often just means the artist is repurposing Radiohead riffs and slapping on some sci-fi leaning lyrics. Few bands offer up actual art with their rock but Holgans are a welcome exception. The local group will issue their debut cassette a collection of hushed bedroom pop experiments along with an actual art book. Both items can be picked up on Thursday September 12 when they play with Ghostkeeper and Divepool at Broken City.
For an evening that favours the art of bashing things together and yelling instead of more traditional art you’d be wise to hit up the East Village for the first-ever hardcore show at the Golden Age Club. This one boasts a stacked lineup — Toronto punks Hassler (who we interviewed in this very issue of Fast Forward Weekly ) will make their first-ever Calgary appearance and they’ll be joined by Edmonton punks No Problem along with local monstrosities Skin Colour (making a rare return to the stage) Glitter and The Chain . It’s a menacing lineup that could prove scary especially when you consider the fact that the evening is cursed — the show takes place on Friday the 13th.
Come Saturday September 14 there are plenty of options to keep you busy. If you’re all about that hype you’ll be able to check out world-renowned Calgary expats Braids who’ll return home and play a show at Commonwealth. Watch the show and keep an eye out for proud parents beaming in the audience.
If you’d prefer something with more history behind it Chicago-based U.K. rock legends The Mekons will send two members for an intimate evening at Festival Hall on Saturday September 14. Jon Langford and Sally Timms will share selections from their hefty discography and tell stories from their decades of travel.
Sounds like a nice laid-back evening right? Well some of us like an element of competition in our entertainment. With that in mind there’s also the regional qualifier for the Red Bull Thre3style DJ competition which’ll hit the Hifi Club on Saturday September 14. Competitors include C-Sik Flexxx Heebz Ivan Rankic Jimmi Riggz Kato Reece and Roy LT . The winner of this event will compete at the national finals so the stakes are high. Like Step Up 2 The Streets / Stomp the Yard / Pitch Perfect / Bring It On high.
Having retired his LCD Soundsystem project a long time ago DFA legend James Murphy must really love Calgary. After appearing here earlier this year he took some time to work on the Arcade Fire’s highly anticipated new album Reflektor . I’d like to think he couldn’t stop thinking about us while he was chilling with Win and Regine because he’s already booked a return appearance playing Commonwealth on Sunday September 15 with Shit Robot and Teddy Celebration .
Finally the week closes out with the latest offering from the highbrow electro nerds behind Calgary’s own impressive Modern Math Recordings label. They’ll present a showcase from Prison Garde the latest out-there electronic project of Vancouver-via-Montreal performer Vaughn Robert Squire alongside Sergio Levels Crimson Krogh Sun and ThatsDeep . It’s all going down on Wednesday September 18 at the Hifi Club.