Goings On – week of May 1 2014

BTW you’ve GTG to Jerome LOL

You may think we’ve gone garbage crazy with all the coverage of the Garbage Daze festival (which runs from May 2 to 4) but there’s plenty going on this week that doesn’t involve wild moshing and/or throat-shredding vocals.

For the trillest possible Thursday night you’d be best to catch the inimitable southern rap great Bun B who’ll perform at Marquee Beer Market & Stage on May 1. In the wake of Pimp C’s tragic passing in 2007 the legendary Underground King has branched off his former rap group into a venerable solo career. Aside from a pile of hits most of which rely heavily on the word “trill” (a contraction of true and real obviously) he’s also a force to be reckoned with live. Bun B comes highly trill-ly recommended.

If you prefer your locally crafted artisanal hip-hop you’re in luck as the smooth creative duo Obey the Crooks are headlining a show at the Drum & Monkey alongside the equally engaging local duo Chief Navaho . Need more local duos? There’s a third with an appearance from the new project Shaani Cage . Just duo it.

Everyone loves cats right? Without cats there’d be no Internet and we need the Internet to live. So if you want to be able to surf the web for the rest of your life you better protect cats by attending the Meow Foundation fundraiser at Tubby Dog on Thursday May 1. The show features appearances from locals AM Static Raleigh Mugger Modern Aquatics and OK! Jazz . Save the cats save the Internet.

If you’re a dog person you’re probably like “fuck cats” right now. If that’s the case there’s yet another option for your cold black heart on Thursday night. Abbotsford folk dude Jordan Klassen will return to Calgary with a show at The Palomino where he’ll perform alongside Sunparlour Players and Fortunate Ones .

On Friday May 2 plan to spend your entire night at the Hifi Club. First an early show with dance pop troupe Bestie (fronted by Vancouver blogger/socialite Tristan Orchard) alongside Port Juvee and local pop prince Mark Mills . Later on the dancefloor will erupt with the banging electronic sounds of beloved L.A. DJ and Body High label mastermind Jerome LOL who’ll perform alongside London DJ Oneman and locals DJ Reece Wax Romeo and A-Mac . Congratulations you now live at the Hifi Club.

The bro sabbath comes a day early on Saturday May 3 when bros assemble at Mac Hall to bro down over Pennywise as they belt out their “Bro Hymn.” The pop-punk dads are back with their original singer Jim Lindberg (the guy who starred in the so-bad-it’s-good punk fatherhood documentary The Other F Word ). They’ll be joined by Ramones-core mainstays Teenage Bottlerocket and somewhat strangely local rock ’n’ roll act Napalmpom . Everyone should just play “Bro Hymn” the whole time.

The last time Montreal’s Godspeed-related symphonic rock collective Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra played in Calgary it was January of 2012. Back then we put the group on the cover of the paper and well the band’s Efrim Menuck made fun of the graphic design and article onstage. Of course it was all in good fun and we hope he’ll do it again when the band plays at Republik on Sunday May 4. Yo Efrim read my whole column as a spoken word part in one of your songs!