Goings On – week of Oct 10 2013

Fresh off of judging the national finale of Red Bull’s Thre3style competition Nova Scotia DJ extraordinaire Skratch Bastid will treat Calgarians to more than just his ability on the judge’s panel headlining an evening of turntablism at the Hifi Club on Thursday October 10.

If you’d prefer something a little more homegrown you could check out returning singer-songwriter Rae Spoon who’ll share selections from the new album My Prairie Home at Festival Hall on October 10. The record which was produced by Lorrie Matheson finds a happy medium between Spoon’s lifelong roots in songwriting and a new love of synths. For more information read our Rae Spoon interview online.

We’ve got an interview with neo-classical sound explorer Rene Hell . The artist whose real name is actually Jeff Witscher was scheduled to play Sled Island multiple times before you know that whole flood thing happened. He’s returning on Friday October 11 to play a stacked bill at the National Music Centre alongside local psych explorers Jung People Holgans Barnaby Bennett Tigerwind and Yankee Yankee . Please let us have this one Mother Nature.

Toronto indie pop troupe Wildlife have been around for a lot longer than some of their peers boasting nearly a decade behind them. They’ve just released their new album …On the Heart (which in my humble opinion should’ve been called Heart On ) which they’ll present to the indie-loving crowd at The Gateway on October 11.

Arguably the polar opposite of Toronto-bred indie pop is the tough larger-than-life hardcore of Los Angeles lifers Terror . The coreman superstars will return to Calgary playing a show at The Golden Age Club on Saturday October 12. They’ll be joined by a ’core smorgasbord of openers including Power Trip Code Orange Kids and Secret Rivals . Bust out some sneakers and bring merch money so you can get some new gym shorts.

There are also some larger-than-life personalities coming to town this weekend. Clt rap sensation Mickey Avalon will perform at Republik on October 12 (and who you can read about in an interview online) while R&B pop weirdo and rockstar’s rockstar Har Mar Superstar will perform at Broken City on October 12. In addition to popping up all over Los Angeles (including a hilarious appearance in Todd Phillips’ pretty good Starsky and Hutch remake) Har Mar Superstar (born Sean Tillman and also performed under the hilarious Sean Na Na moniker) has been in the game for a long time and will likely bring some hilarious antics to the stage.

As if there aren’t enough things to choose from on October 12 the evening also includes a CJSW funding drive show at The Palomino featuring two excellent local power-pop bands (the endlessly romantic Feel Alright and the punked-up rock of The Mandates ) alongside Spencer Jo & the River Jacks .

Finally on Monday October 14 the Palomino will play host to one of the two Hawkwind lineups currently on tour this one featuring founding member Nik Turner. If you want to know why there are two versions of the band currently on tour just flip the page and read our interview with Turner.