Goings On – week of March 20 2014

The Chain release a record Sprïng is finally here

It’s finally happening. After months and months of dark cold nights spent snorting Cheetos dust and wondering what it’s like to interact with real human beings while some 13-year-old hillbilly launches racist/homophobic epithets into your Xbox Live headset the snow is melting and schedules are filling up with reason after reason to put on real clothing and leave the house.

Last week we ran an article about local hardcore heavyweights The Chain . The straight-edge quartet will finally release their fantastic new 7-inch Steppin’ Out of Line on Thursday March 20 at Tubby Dog where they’ll be joined by decidedly not straight-edge bands Exotic Functions and Putos . There’s also some new blood coming into the fold — according to the Facebook event page a band of 18- and 19-year-old kids called Suicide Birds is playing.

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t particularly like hardcore vocals (“I don’t understand what they’re saying” “Why is he so angry” etc.) there’s an extremely melodic showcase going down at the Marquee Beer Market on Thursday. In fact a computer makes sure that it stays nice and sing-songy throughout — Auto-Tune-loving top-hat-wearing steampunk-flirting superstar T-Pain will bring his bleeting R&B anthems to Calgary. To ramp up the star power he’ll be joined by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony .

Your final option for Thursday night will be a bonkers trap and EDM party courtesy of party-starting trap and EDM guy Party Favor who’ll bring his enormous bass drops to the Hifi Club.

Looking for something a little bit folky? On Friday March 21 Festival Hall will play host to Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Steve Dawson who’ll belt out some acoustic tunes. He’ll be joined by local songstress Kenna Burima who’s currently gearing up to let loose a solo album.

For the metalheads out there there are two options for Friday night. Those more inclined to hang out and talk prog tablature at Long and McQuade will surely enjoy the techy progressive instrumental metal of Washington D.C. act Animals as Leaders who’ll hit the stage at Republik.

If you’d rather slam back some shitty pints and have some raw aggressive metal bands tear your face off you’d be best off hitting up Vern’s on Friday night for a diverse bag of local acts. Performing a fundraiser for the impending Garbage Daze festival local metal acts Gatekrashor Fornication and Blackrat will be joined by punk-leaning hardcore growlers Skin Colour and Traumatized .

Over at Weeds Cafe local experimental performer Tigerwing will bring her lush productions and fantastic voice to the stage alongside Postnamers and Tomahonqii .

Saturday March 22 sees the arrival of another local release as semicolon abusers If I Look Strong; You Look Strong are releasing their third full-length. The experimental math rock duo will hit the “stage” at Tubby Dog where they’ll be joined by Vancouver prog-popsters Sprïng (formerly The SSRIs) and local post-rockers Mayland .

On Sunday March 23 the opposite of local music will be headlining a show at Local 510 as the venue welcomes Carsick Cars and White+ two of the most popular experimental pop bands from Beijing China. Carsick Cars are touring in support of their new album 3 which was produced by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3.

If you’re feeling angry about being back at work on Monday why not mosh your brains out at an old folks’ club? A group of hardcore bands from the eastern United States including Cruel Hand Focused Minds Malfunction and Barrier will play at the Golden Age Club alongside those busy straight-edge dudes in The Chain . You must have so much energy when you don’t drink.

On Monday March 24 Wu-Tang associate Redman is top-billing a show of his own at Dickens Pub. Then on Tuesday March 25 Nick Thorburn’s post-Unicorns project Islands will headline a show at Republik which you can read about in this very issue. What a week.