Goings On – week of Jan 9 2014

It’s hard to know if Waka Flocka Flame will ever be able to top his 2010 trap epic Flockaveli a dense collection of aggro barks and gruff street anthems that put both Waka and his producer Lex Luger on the map. It was the framework for the next two years of mainstream rap but Waka refused to repeat himself instead flirting with EDM with varying success on 2012’s Triple F Life: Friends Fans & Family .

Maybe he never needs to drop another “Hard in Da Paint” or “Fuck Dis Industry” however. After all with all of his success the rapper has let his amiable side show a little more coming across like a giggly party animal an even more approachable Andrew W.K. Point being when Waka Flocka Flame returns to the Ten X Nightclub on Thursday January 9 we are all but guaranteed a good time from the Atlanta rap master.

Prior to Waka Flocka Flame you’d be wise to check out an art school hardcore show taking place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alberta College of Art and Design. If you can find room 392 you’ll be treated to a free event called Weeping Meat Fest featuring performances from Cult Band Sperm and notorious instigators Glitter . Definitely a good warm-up for Waka.

There’s yet another option for Thursday night however as three local indie rock outfits will take the stage at Tubby Dog. Starting at 8 p.m. sharp locals Catholic Girls Modern Aquatics and Gretchen will soundtrack your snacking.

On Friday January 10 there’ll be plenty of opportunities to dance up a storm. Over at the Gateway Edmontonian party-starters Shout Out Out Out Out will play play play play a show show show show. (Is there an echo in here?)

If you’d prefer some sounds from across the pond Brighton performer Maxxi Soundsystem will hit the Hifi Club on Friday night where he’ll undoubtedly start a party with his suave pastel-hued mega-hit “Criticize.”

Of course it wouldn’t be a weekend in Canada without a performance from long-running alt-country rockers Blue Rodeo . This weekend they’ll take over Calgary’s Jubilee Auditorium with a pair of performances on Friday January 10 and Saturday January 11. Be sure not to miss it if you’re a fan as it’s hard to know when they’ll be back (though it’ll probably be sometime next year).

Early in the day on Saturday Broken City will host a show with a familiar lineup as workhorses High Kicks Napalmpom and Mark Mills all of whom have been playing at least once a week of late will play an all-ages matinee for a good cause. Called Griffest the show doubles as a 13th birthday party for local music fan Griffin who has autism. Proceeds from the show will be split between The Behaviour Therapy and Learning Centre and the Cluster Program at R.T. Alderman School where Griffin attends.

Over at The Palomino Saturday night will host a series of serious stoners as local weed enthusiasts Chron Goblin join Seattle riff-dealers Sandrider and locals Temple for a show that will surely get your beard in a knot.

Finally on Tuesday January 14 hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash will bring his wheels of steel to Commonwealth putting his inventive hip-hop skills on display.