Goings On – week of April 10 2014

Fuck Off Dad at a pizza parlour

If there’s ever been an ideal venue to see local act Fuck Off Dad it’s most certainly got to be Pizza Bob’s. The moniker is perfectly reminiscent of something a spoiled-as-hell toddler would say to his paternal figure over a topping disagreement or because he couldn’t order cheesy bread sticks. Shut up or you’ll only get salad for dinner child.

Anyway Fuck Off Dad will join Holgans and new garage rock outfit The Shiverettes for another edition of Torrid Thursdays at the steaming-hot pizza spot on Thursday April 10. Pass the sauce boss.

For something a little less cheesy Mad Decent mainstays Djemba Djemba and Mr. Carmack will bring the bass to the Hifi Club on Thursday night where they’ll be joined by Smalltown DJs .

Over at Broken City long-running Calgarian rockers Cripple Creek Fairies will celebrate the arrival of their new vinyl LP Leather Witch . They’ll be joined by the Outlaws of Ravenhurst and Russian Fingers .

Speaking of long-running Calgarian rockers local performer Kenna Burima will finally step out from the millions of bands she’s in and share her first-ever solo album. The self-titled release which you can read about in this very issue will come to fruition with an official party at the Ironwood on Friday April 11.

Make sure you save some money and energy for Saturday April 12 however because lite-rock megastars Air Supply are going to be wooing the crowd with their innocuously soft jams and perfectly feathered hair at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Wear your best pleated khakis and freshest Wilson sneakers.

A recent complaint about music writing as expressed on The Daily Beast is that the practice has devolved into lifestyle writing with journalists more focused on contextual signifiers like fashion and image rather than the music itself. While this is hardly the proper venue to refute such claims let me just point out that the Bermuda Shorts Day after-party is being co-presented by both the U of C Snowboarding Club and the U of C EDM Club. Isn’t that everything you need to know about the event? Stop by and wild out at Commonwealth on Monday April 14.

Commonwealth’s also the place to be on Wednesday April 16 if you want to party with some hockey punk royalty as classic NoMeansNo side-project The Hanson Brothers will pass shoot score their way through a return Calgary appearance.

If you’re a swaggy Odd Future teen your favourite hardcore band (and possibly the only hardcore band you listen to) is Trash Talk . They’ll play a wildly diverse bill at Republik on Wednesday night alongside techy metalcore finger-tappers the Dillinger Escape Plan and San Diego hardcore group Retox the latest project from spazzcore luminary Justin Pearson.

For a little local flavour sludgy instru-metal powerhouse The Weir will celebrate the release of their new LP Yesterday’s Graves with a headlining show at the Ship and Anchor on Wednesday. They’ll be joined by Vancouver’s Anion (whose name makes me think of a shrill American saying the word “onion” but I digress…) and local post-rock screamo champs Tel Fyr .