By Colin Gallant
April 26 at the Ship and Anchor
One of Canada’s all-time great performers, B.A. Johnston returns to Calgary in support of his latest album Gremlins 3. This is the junk-food-and-cheap beer-obsessed road warrior’s 11th studio album and 4367th tour (we may be exaggerating, but only slightly, the man’s a beast). Expect shenanigans.
April 14 at Commonwealth
Scooting away from her jaunt opening for Local Natives, Little Scream drops into Calgary almost exactly a year since the release of her LP Cult Following. That record saw her expand her indie folk-rock into something decidedly fresher, thanks in part to contributions by members of The National and TV On The Radio, along with Sufjan Stevens and Sharon Van Etten.
May 6 at Broken City
This is not a drill. An honest-to-God Ramone is playing the intimate stage at Broken City. Whether or not you’re on team Dee Dee, there’s no denying that this is a rare opportunity to catch a member of music history’s elite in a face-to-face setting.
April 13 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
The Pet Sounds 50th anniversary tour rolls on with Brian Wilson playing the record in its entirely as well as some choice cuts from both the Beach Boys’ and his own catalogue. If you need context on the importance of that record, you’re reading the wrong magazine. Go get your tickets right now, this second, by any means necessary.
B.A. Johnston, Brian Wilson, Broken City, C.J. RAMONE, Commonwealth, Cult Following, Gremlins 3, Little Scream, Pet Sounds, Ship and Anchor, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium