October concert highlights

Grimes concert photo

Photo – Grimes at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Feb 19 2012. Photo credit – Tamara Lee

The fall is usually a great time for shows in Vancouver, and this October is no exception.

From traditional singer/songwriters like Alanis Morissette to groundbreaking electropop act Grimes, from homegrown talent like 54-40 to French pop artists Nouvelle Vague, the month’s concert highlights include a varied bunch of terrific shows.

One you definitely don’t want to miss if you can help it even features the head of one of the all-time best new wave acts teamed up with a hot young guitarist. Find out more…

Oct 4- Alanis Morissette at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts (777 Homer Street). From teen singing sensation to angry young woman to mature mom, Alanis Morissette has grown up in public. She’s on tour in support of a new album, Havoc and Bright Lights, her first since 2008′s Flavors of Entanglement. (www.ticketmaster.ca, Charge By Phone 1-855-985-5000 and all Ticketmaster outlets.)

Oct 12 – 54-40 with Grapes of Wrath at the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville Street). Two veteran Vancouver bands, one reforming after several years (Grapes of Wrath), another that never went away (54-40). Both groups have a fondness for guitar-based rock and catchy tunes; you’ll come away humming at least half-a-dozen melodies. Not at the same time, of course. (www.ticketmaster.ca, Charge By Phone 1-855-985-5000 and all Ticketmaster outlets.)

Oct 16 – Nouvelle Vague at Fortune Sound Club (147 E. Pender Street). A French pop collective, Nouvelle Vague is famous for their unique, often lounge-music-like covers of new wave and punk classics – their version of the Violent Femmes song “Blister In the Sun” was featured in the 2011 movie Bridesmaids – as well as the loveliness of their international cast of singers. This time, they group is touring a musical inspired by fashion designer Jean-Charles De Castelbajac (you know, the guy who designed the coat of teddy bears once worn by Madonna). (www.ticketmaster.ca, Charge By Phone 1-855-985-5000 and all Ticketmaster outlets.)

Oct 17 – Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy at the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville Street). Even if you haven’t heard of Joshua Radin, you’ve probably heard him – his songs have been featured in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, American Idol and more. A Fine Frenzy is the band fronted by Seattle singer/songwriter Alison Sudol. Her latest release, the follow-up to her 2009 hit Bomb in a Birdcage, is called Pines. (www.ticketmaster.ca, Charge By Phone 1-855-985-5000 and all Ticketmaster outlets.)

A Fine Frenzy concert photo

Alison Sudol with A Fine Frenzy at Neumos, Seattle, Nov 9 2009. Photo credit-Elle Harris

Oct 17 – Grimes at the Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville Street). Each year, a jury of over 200 music writers, reviewers and bloggers pick the best Canadian album of the year. This year’s shortlist included Visions, the debut release from electro-pop artist Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, a Vancouver transplant now living in Montreal. (www.ticketmaster.ca, Charge By Phone 1-855-985-5000 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.)

Oct 20 – An Evening with David Byrne and St. Vincent at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts (777 Homer Street). Wow – just, wow. This once-in-a-lifetime tour features the former frontman of the Talking Heads, David Byrne, with Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), and is receiving raves. The duo is touring for a new collaborative album, Love This Giant. (www.ticketmaster.ca, Charge By Phone 1-855-985-5000 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.)

St. Vincent concert photo

St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Photo credit – Anja Weber

Oct 24 – Willis Earl Beal at Electric Owl (926 Main Street) – According to Wikipedia, when Beal first began recording music, in 2007 and while living in Alburquerque, he would leave “self-illustrated flyers around the town in the hope of finding a girlfriend.” He probably doesn’t have to leave flyers around any more; by some accounts, the acclaimed Chicago-raised soul/blues musician put on one of the best shows of the year in Vancouver a few months back.  (Tickets)

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