Vote for heaviosity

The top rock, punk, metal and weird pop shows of the week, from NYC legends to the heaviest band in Canada.

facebookI am currently across the pond looking for wifi under every rock in this godforsaken country they call the United Kingdom. What a grey, damp dump indeed. Not even the U.K.’s oddly antiquated state will thwart my diligence to make sure you, my loyal readership to making the tip top gigs this week in Montreal. Dig in, my lovelies.

Thursday: The band that refuses to be defined by genre, Lakes of Canada release their new ‘un, Transgressions at Sala. 4848 St-Laurent, 5 p.m. (show at 6:15 p.m.), $5

For an intimate night, you could do a lot worse than seeing Paper Bag recording artists the Acorn with Old Haunt at Cagibi. Don’t forget to tip the Cag’ bartenders too dammit!!! 5490 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10

If you would like to sample the many different splendours of pop and its cornucopia of forms, you can make it down to P-gnar to catch Los, Black Love, Tonnes and Room Control. Address withheld, 9 p.m., price unknown

Turbo Haus’s October calendar has been utterly crammed. Tonight they’ve got Bike Thiefs, Pale Lips and Dead Days. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9:30 p.m., $7

Friday: For a night of classic Montreal prog/thrash metal, you can catch local legends DBC with Kill of Rights, Mutank, Venomenon with DJ Dee J Twisted keeping things over the speed limit all night at Katacombes. 1635 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $15

Career Suicide
Career Suicide

My big pick of the week is Toronto’s Career Suicide, who make up for a lost Montreal date a couple of weeks back with the hefty support of danger punx Omegas, Mocoso and the psych-punk of Vomit Squad. La Vitrola (4602 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $5/$10

Abacus rock fans can hit up Turbo Haus for Weights and Measures, Boars and Hellenica. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9 p.m., $12/$15

For a night of eclectic electronic music, catch Essaie Pas, Pelada who will play one last Montreal show before their big move to Berlin, with DJ sets from Frankie Teardrop and Excalibur. 1673 Mont-Royal E., 11 p.m., $10

For a night of fuzz-fuelled psych rock, catch UUBBUURRUU at their favourite watering hole l’Esco with Heaters, Sister of Your Sunshine and Vapor. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $10

Saturday: This normally would be my big pick of the week, but it seems like Canada’s heaviest band — Ken Mode — have almost made Turbo Haus their second home. Regardless, fans of cranium crushing heaviosity will be all smiles here. Opening is Biipigwan, Life in Vacuum and Jesus Horse. 5011 Notre-Dame W., p.m., $

If you’re looking for some authentic ’77 first wave NYC punk rawk, you can catch ex-Testors Sonny Vincent at Katacombes, with DJ Dan 86 spinnin’ all night long. 1635 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $14.56

Sunday: The evil pudgy little person Danzig will be blowing the dust off of Satan’s favourite chestnuts along with support from long-in-the-tooth metallers Prong, Phil Anselmo and his merry team of cream of the crust of NOLA sludgsters Superjoint Ritual and the crush of Witch Mountain. If this doesn’t sell out then I’m Mac DeMarco. Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine E.), 7:15 p.m. sharp, $42/$47

Afterwards, get southbound and head to Turbo Haus for Sub Popsters Oktoplut and Strange Wilds. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 9:30 p.m., $10

Tuesday: Turbo Haus continues to make the trip South worth it when they snag King Dude with Drab Majesty and Old Boy. Better grab tickets for this if you want to squeeze in. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., $13/$15

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