This Week’s Hot Shows

Cold Specks
November 21 at St. James Hall

Al Spx aka Cold Specks is in town on Wednesday to share her folk and gospel-infused “doom soul”. Now based in London, England, the Canadian songstress has been popping up on countless “best of” lists with her latest album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion.

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Danko Jones
with We Hunt Buffalo
November 21 at the Commodore Ballroom

There are likely a great many words one could use to describe Danko Jones. One that immediately comes to mind is “dynamo”. 2012 has been another marquis year for this Rocker, with exploits including the release of another album last month (Rock and Roll is Black and Blue), the premiere of a 90-minute band documentary at NXNE, an authorized biography (Too Much Trouble: A Very Oral History of Danko Jones by Stuart Berman), not to mention a short film, The Ballad of Danko Jones, featuring Elijah Wood, Selma Blair, Lemmy Kilmister, among others. You think you’re busy? Think again.

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The Pack A.D.
with No Sinner and The Ballantynes
November 23 at the Commodore Ballroom

Rarely are all the bands on one bill so well balanced as this gig. Get three uniquely different tastes of what kind of the music that comes out of this city. Garage revivalists The Ballantynes kick things off with a blast from the present with their rock’n’roll swagger, giving way to No Sinner and sultry Colleen Rennison’s no bullshit approach to having a good time. Hard-rocking duo The Pack A.D. headline, back in Vancouver and better than ever. These boots are made for kicking your ass.

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The Punch Brothers
with The Milk Carton Kids
November 24 at the Chan Shun Concert Hall

If you’re looking for something a little different to do Saturday, don’t miss the Punch Brothers. The NYC old-time bluegrass quintet are kicking up dust on the road, hot off the heels of releasing their new EP Ahoy!, which you can win right here. They’re joined by the Milk Carton Kids, whose 2-guitar, 2-vocal approach to folk and Americana has been striking all sorts of chords. We want you to go so badly that we might just give you tickets.

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Lou Reed Songbook
with various local artists
November 25 at the Waldorf Hotel

Hey babe, take a walk to the Waldorf and hear some of Vancouver’s finest pay tribute to the one and only Lou Reed. Artists include White Poppy, Adam Sabla, Ian Browne, Jason Corbett, Colleen Rennison, Johnny de Courcy, Le Faz, Eric Campbell, Kevin House, Rebecca Russell and Rod Bruno. Presented by Jules Moore.

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