By Colin Gallant
CALGARY — Hello readers! It’s your new Music Editor, here to brief you on some choice options for shows this January.
Things get off to a gentle start with an acoustic set by Young Neighbours at Vendome on the 7th. We profiled these guys back in November, but they were unable to play their show that month due to injury. Consider this your chance!
On the opposite end of the spectrum, keep it heavy, with the fury of Burning Effigy, Vile Insignia and guests at the Blind Beggar Pub on the 8th.
Also that night is a thoroughly gothed out affair with darkwave by Detached Objectives, patrician-level harsh noise from Wet Nurse., gloomy post-punk by Aiwass and other dark curiosities at Broken City.
The following week at the Ironwood, The Fragments are set to celebrate another release filled with weirdo pop that was recorded strictly analogue using reel-to-reel. Catch them on the 15th.
That same night, High Performance Rodeo’s Calgary Songs Project takes place at the #1 Legion. As covered in this month’s issue, the event features bands like Napalmpom and Forbidden Dimension playing in celebration of a 30-song collection of Calgarian tunes.
On the 16th, the polished psych of Calgary’s Fever Feel squares off against some and tumble garage-rock courtesy of Edmonton’s The Archaics at The Palomino.
The next day at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Aussie roots heartthrob Vance Joy performs with support from Reuben and the Dark.
Also at the Jubilee is a two-night affair with legendary Canadian icons Blue Rodeo. On the 18th and 19th, expect career-spanning sets that, if this year’s Live at Massey Hall is any indication, will showcase a band still in their prime after all these years.
Good ol’ boys The Arkells are back for some ultra-earnest, vaguely rustic anthemic indie rock for two big nights at Flames Central, January 28th and 29th. These are both already sold out, so get creative and check Kijiji.
Well, that’s a wrap for this month. Remember, more shows are added all the time, so keep an eye on online listings by all your favourite venues.AB, Alberta, Calgary rock