If you’re going to the Black Keys/Shins show Saturday night at the Molson Amphitheatre and don’t want to deal with traffic at the end of the gig, then pop over to the Amphitheatre’s Amex Pavilion and catch the rockin’ blues sounds of Michael Rault. The Alberta artist has released a fine record, MA-ME-O, and comes straight to town following a sizzling set at Edmonton’s inagural roots festival Interstellar Rodeo, which also featured performances from Alejandro Escovado and Gillian Welch.
LET’S PLAY THREE!
Tuesday is a busy night in the city, and three of the bands playing in town will pop in to The Edge‘s Sugar Beach Studio for a live performance Tuesday night. At 7:30 p.m., Milo Greene—an L.A. five-piece whose self-titled, just-released debut is full of spooky, richly texured folk-rock tunes—will perform prior to their 10 p.m. set at the Horseshoe for Nu Music night. At 8:30 p.m., Lafayette, Louisiana’s The Givers—whose fine 2011 LP In Light made many a best-of list with its diverse sounds and unique interpretation of indie-pop—will pop by before performing at the Drake later in the evening. (Go early to catch the Chris Walla-approved Yellow Ostrich.) Finally, Family of The Year—a joyous band from L.A.—will celebrate the release of their latest LP, Loma Vista, with a 10 p.m. appearance on air following their 8:40 p.m. set at the Horseshoe.
TWO DOORS ARE OPEN
One of the most anticipated releases of the year is Beacon, the new record from Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club. The band made lots of noise with the infectious dance-rock of 2010′s Tourist History, and the new single, “Sleep Alone,” is already picking up steam on both sides of the Atlantic. And could there have been a better way to have launched the record than have the band’s vocalist, Alex Trimble, perform Underworld’s “Caliban’s Dream” at the opening ceremony of the Olympics? The band will hit town Oct. 5 for a show at the Sound Academy. Tickets are on sale now.