Goings On – week of April 17 2014

Record Store Day and 4/20 make for a busy weekend

Aside from the Easter Bunny and y’know the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this coming weekend will also offer up some other holidays. For the bandwagoning record collectors/people who say “vinyls” Saturday April 19 marks the return of Record Store Day. Then on Sunday April 20 weed-loving stoners celebrate 4/20 by doing the same thing they do every other waking moment — getting high.

There’ll be no open weed-smoking on Thursday April 17 however as The Plaza returns with its second monthly all-ages show. Those poor bored children will finally have something to do with another batch of excellent bands. Gruff alt-country warriors Cold Water (never to be confused with the near-identically monikered locals Cold Water Hotel) will perform alongside newbies Wicked Healing bespectacled noise explorer Bitter Fictions (the guitar-based drone project of Sloth Records employee Devin Friesen who has one hell of a tough weekend in front of him) and indie pop act Windigo .

Over at Commonwealth you can get a dose of classic hip-hop with a DJ set from legendary De La Soul performer DJ Maseo on Thursday night. Or you could head to the Palomino for a celebration of Alberta pop weirdoes featuring Mark Mills Christian Hansen and Doug Hoyer . Or you could go to Pizza Bob’s for the trashy garage punk sounds of The Nancees Bog Bodies and Grosser .

Friday April 18 offers a rare appearance from U.K. dubstep impresario Joker who’ll perform at Ten Nightclub. The Hyperdub-signed performer produces the sort of artful creative bass music that makes a serious case for the notion that dubstep doesn’t always have to be a dirty word.

If you’d rather shred the gnar and make sure that many gnarly bros can shred the gnar for years to come you may want to hit up a benefit show for the Calgary Association of Skateboard Enthusiasts at the Palomino on Friday. Metal crew Stab.Twist.Pull. will headline alongside punk veterans Spastic Panthers . They’ll be joined by We Found the Body and His Last Words .

The shit hits the fans at record stores across the city (and all over the world) with Record Store Day landing on Saturday April 19. Look for lineups of people thirstily salivating as they wait for painfully unnecessary freshly pressed vinyl from 311 Jay-Z with Linkin Park Slipknot Ice-T Fun. Fishbone Dream Theater and Black Flag. Oh wait not Black Flag — the soundtrack for the video game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag . What a list!

Anyway those poor record store employees who spend the rest of their year quietly perched at a computer playing discogs.com like the stock market will undoubtedly have a tiresome Saturday shift. The Sloth Records team must be feeling particularly masochistic as they’ll close out the day with an in-store performance from Teledrome (who have recently released their excellent debut LP) and PMMA . It all sounds exhausting.

Palomino is the place to be on Saturday night if you want to check out Slates . The Edmonton post-punk act will celebrate the release of their new Steve Albini-produced LP Taiga with support from Memo and These Estates .

Then the day enthusiastic druggies wait for all year (well they don’t really wait for it but they sure as hell celebrate it). In what can only be some savvy timing on someone somewhere’s part legendary heavy metal forefathers Black Sabbath will perform at the Saddledome on April 20. Just think how much sweet leaf is gonna be passed around. If it looks like the Saddledome is on fire fret not — it’s not burning to the ground it’s just being hotboxed by a bunch of burn-outs.