As with every month in Vancouver, March has something for everyone. From huge names packing Rogers Arena to up-and-comers, here are some concerts you might like to check out this month.
The Real McKenzies – Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings Street
Along with Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys, these Vancouver rockers are a driving force in Celtic punk. Celebrating 25 years of hedonism, the band will play alongside East Van punks the Isotopes (founders of the East Van Baseball League, which is also well worth checking out).
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way
The California rockers are bringing their instantly recognisable sound to town as part of a tour to promote their 11th studio album, The Getaway.
Japandroids – Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street
Touring in support of a recently released album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, Japandroids’ music sounds like a joyful drunken rampage with your buds. Given that, and the fact the band’s hometown shows tend to sell out fast, get your tickets now.
Truckfighters w/ We Hunt Buffalo, Yawning Man, Black Pussy, and La Chinga – Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings Street
Sweden’s Truckfighters plays some of the world’s best stoner rock. The rest of the acts on the bill are also past masters of the stoner/classic rock genres. Although previously billed, Greenleaf had to drop out of this show due to visa issues. The slot has been filled by Yawning Man, veterans of the Low Desert scene which bred Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and more.
Ariana Grande – Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way
Touring in support of her Dangerous Woman album, Ariana Grande is sure to pull in a big crowd.
Passenger – Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Ideal date night fodder, this British folk rock act is easy listening all the way. If you recognise the name, it’s probably for 2012’s ‘Let Her Go.’
Death Valley Girls, the Shivas, and the Ballantynes – Red Gate Arts Society, 855 East Hastings Street
LA’s Death Valley Girls and Portland’s the Shivas play bewitching psych/garage rock. Both bands are big within their scene and know how to put on a show. They are joined by locals the Ballantynes — a retro-sounding, soulful rock outfit.
Biffy Clyro – Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street
These Scottish rockers have been pumping out epic tunes since the turn of the millennium. Join the crowds chanting “Mon the Biff!” at Vogue Theatre.
Drug Church w/ Anchoress – The 333, 333 Clark Drive
Drug Church is a hell of a punk band and a big draw of itself. However, it’s support band Anchoress that moved me to include this show. These self-described “post-whatever” punks are really building in the local scene. Expect a raw, energetic concert.