Depending on which music industry types you follow on Twitter you’ll have either heard that Perfect Pussy are the product of nefarious marketing types co-opting the punk underground or a band that makes you feel all of the feels because feels. The Syracuse New York act’s demo tape fell into the right music writers’ carpal tunnel-afflicted hands last year ending up on myriad year-end lists and they’ve since rode that hype to international acclaim. That they’re hyped is hardly their fault — their fanatical rise didn’t even have a PR guru behind it — but are Perfect Pussy any good? By all accounts their live show is said to be brief frantic and explosive. See for yourself when the band hits Tubby Dog on Thursday March 27 where they’ll be joined by local hardcore provocateurs Glitter punk act Hag Face and Victoria’s own Babysitter .
If you’d prefer some indie rock instead of punk (or some pizza instead of hot dogs) you could head over to Pizza Bob’s where local acts Sleepkit Modern Aquatics and Divepool will split a bill — and likely a tasty pie or two. Though these are some promising up-and-coming bands they’ll be extra cheesy on this particular night. They’ll probably offer up some saucy licks and meaty chops too. I’m so sorry.
Saturday March 29 offers up a plethora of choices. If you’re the type that loves to calmly vibe out to some chill indie folk you can do just that with an appearance from Los Angeles indie folk act Sea Wolf at Commonwealth.
Over at the Hifi Club bass music festival mainstay Sampology will bring a unique audiovisual experience. The Australia-based DJ seamlessly blends live video edits with his party-starting blend of electro and hip-hop meaning there won’t be a single boring moment.
It wouldn’t be a weekend in Calgary without another packed punk bill at Tubby Dog however and the venue has another doozy in store on Saturday. In addition to local pop-punk purveyors Sabertooth this free all-ages show also includes a slot from Cancers a new project from the frontman of fabled Vancouver punk outfit Unfun. That’s not all — headlining the bill is hard-hitting Chicago punk act Canadian Rifle who if their records serve as any indication are a must-see act.
On Wednesday April 2 Canadian music powerhouse Arts & Crafts will bring a new batch of acts to The Gateway for their cross-Canada record label tour. Among them will be recent A&C signees and Calgary locals Reuben & the Dark . They’ll be joined by Toronto act The Darcys and No who are actually from Los Angeles. Damned Americans taking Canadian jobs.