Goings on – week of Aug 14 2014

Calgary post-hardcore act La Luna recently took their jams on an eastward tour. Now that they’re home they’re playing a free show at the Drum & Monkey on Thursday August 14 where they’ll be joined by three Edmonton acts — Flint Gary Debussy and Boosh! each of which offers their own strange take on rock experimentation.

For a different kind of core in the core one could head down to Broken City on Thursday night where Wisconsin metalcore titans Misery Signals will bring their meaty muscular riffs and iron-pumping breakdowns back to town.

For some-ting a little more irie you could head down to Shaw Millennium Park on Friday August 15 and Saturday August 16 where Reggaefest returns. Like so many events in our city the fest is distinctly Calgary — its poster utilizes the Jamaican colours on a pair of cowboy boots while its marketing materials offer life as a “Rastagarian.” Thankfully the music isn’t some sort of Frankensteined country-reggae hybrid. Instead there’s a diverse lineup that includes performances from Buckman Coe Raging Fyah L.U.S.T. Exco Levi and many others. Wagwan.

If “Jah” is not your thing trade it in for Jay. That is Jay Arner the Vancouver pop perfectionist who’s en route home from his sprawling cross-Canada tour. He’ll perform at Tubby Dog on Friday alongside Lab Coast and Wicked Healing.

Located at 213 10 Ave S.W. Nite Owl is one of Calgary’s newest music venues. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet you could do so on Sunday August 17 when Ontario hard rockers Indian Handcrafts return to Calgary where they seemingly have a rabid fanbase waiting for them.

Discerning metalcore fans who spent Sunday at church will likely find themselves at The Den on Monday August 18 where Christian (or maybe post-Christian — I haven’t had time to research a recent statement of faith) dudes Norma Jean will set up a merch table full of Solid State releases and power through some breakdowns alongside Night Verses.

For something a little more er secular the Spirit of Truth brats are back with another show this week bringing the wild erratic post-punk of Minneapolis act Animal Lover to Tubby Dog on August 18. They’ll be joined by locals Hag Face and Skin Colour.

One week after those pesky millennials filled the parking lot with recumbent bicycles and tailgated with mulled wine for the Arcade Fire concert the Saddledome will be returned to its rightful owners the baby boomers with a headlining concert from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Rock radio’s David Spade will bring his sun-bleached nasally sung ballads to the venue where moms and dads will drunkenly sway ever so slightly and sing along to those familiar grocery store anthems.