There are some killer concerts taking place this month, right from the very beginning. Punk greats, hip hop legends, giants of yesteryear and breakthrough acts are all bringing the music to Vancouver in April.
D.O.A. – Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings Street
Starting the month out strong is a performance by local hardcore punk legends D.O.A. The show is benefit for the political aspirations of frontman Joe Keithley (AKA Joey Shithead), who is running for the green party in the upcoming provincial elections.
The Zolas – Railway Stage & Beer Cafe, 579 Dunsmuir Street / Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street
Locals The Zolas are nominated for ‘Breakthrough Group of the Year’ at the Juno awards, so now is a great time to catch them. On April 5th, the band will play at the grand opening of the Railway Stage & Beer Cafe (formerly, The Railway Club) and follow that up with a show at the Vogue Theatre.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street
This Australian psychedelic band offers a mind-bending experience that is well worth turning up for.
Brant Bjork w/ Black Wizard – SBC Restaurant, 109 East Hastings Street
Best-known for the Queens of the Stone Age, California’s desert rock scene is hugely influential. But before the Queens of the Stone Age, there was Kyuss. Brant Bjork was Kyuss’ drummer, also spent time in Fu Manchu and is now touring his solo project. Also on the bill is Black Wizard, a top-notch metal band making waves out of New West.
Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Redman, and Cypress Hill – Rogers Arena
What a lineup! Hip-hop fans have gotta love this one. Snoop Dogg, who is now also a weed entrepreneur, loves coming to Vancouver and even talked about moving to Canada in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.
Two Door Cinema Club – Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Enjoy some fun indie rock from this Irish band, formed at the height of the indie-rock revival that also created the Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party and many more.
Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice – Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Okay, so it’s not in Vancouver, but I had to mention this orgy of 90s nostalgia. Anyone who grew up in that decade will have memories of listening to these acts; relive them at Abby Centre thanks to the ‘I Love the 90s Tour’.
The Weeknd – Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way
The Weeknd is a proven hitmaker, releasing danceable tunes that are sure to get the Rogers Arena crowd moving.
The xx – UBC Thunderbird Arena, 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard
This British band’s dreamy style has proved popular ever since its debut album was released in 2009. With third album I See You released earlier this year, the band is on tour and will play at UBC.
Jimmy Eat World – Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St
Another throwback performance taking place this month, this Arizona band started out back in 1993 and brought us the likes of ‘The Middle’ and ‘Hear You Me.’ The band was the soundtrack to a generation, featured on classics such as One Tree Hill and A Cinderella Story.
Laura Marling – Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street
This Brit Award-winning folk musician is touring to support her latest album, Semper Femina. Marling made a name for herself with early releases Alas, I Cannot Swim and I Speak Because I Can.
Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey – Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way
What needs to be said about these giants of the music industry? Both artists are a huge draw in their own right, so this double bill is huge for R&B fans.
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