10 under-the-radar concerts for April

Anna Bulbrook

Anna Bulbrook with Airborne Toxic Event at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 28 2009. Photo: Sandra Minarik.

This month, Vancouver benefits by sharing a time zone with Coachella, the annual California music festival.  Here are some shows worth checking out, including great international talent as well as some stellar local and Canadian talent as well.

Billy Bragg (April 5, Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.) – The Bard of Barking returns in support of his latest album Tooth & Nail. Kim Churchill opens. Doors 7 p.m., show 8. Tickets $35.00. General Admission Seating, all ages.

Billy Bragg Commodore

Billy Bragg at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Nov 21, 2009. Photo: Jordana Meilleur.

Alt-J (April 7, Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – UK band on a North American tour in support of last year’s Mercury Prize-winning album An Awesome Wave. With special guests Hundred Waters. Doors 8 p.m., show 9. Tickets $25.00 (plus appl. s/c) at ticketmaster.ca.

Polica (April 7, Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender St.) – The Minneapolis band featuring vocalist Channy Leaneagh returns with its smooth, slightly disturbing electronic pop-soul. With guests Night Moves (no, not a Bob Seger cover band). Doors 8 p.m., show 9. Tickets $17.00 (plus appl. s/c) at ticketweb.ca.

Polica Vancouver

Poliça at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Aug 16 2012. Photo: Tamara Lee.

The Airborne Toxic Event (April 9, Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.) – L.A. rock band infamously named after a Don DeLillo novel on tour for brand new album Such Hot Blood. With guests Nightmare Air. Doors 7 p.m., show 8. Tickets $23. Visit ticketmaster.ca for tickets.

Zeus, Two Hours Traffic and Rah Rah (April 13, Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward St.) – Out-of-towners feeling adventurous could do worse than this triple bill of Canadian pop/rock bands. Doors 7 p.m., show 7:30. Tickets $16.50. Visit ticketmaster.ca for tickets.

Angel Olsen (April 21, Media Club, 695 Cambie St.) – American singer/songwriter on  tour for her second album Half Way Home, with guests Villages. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9. Tickets $12.00 (plus appl. s/c) advance available online at www.ticketweb.ca.

Sabrina Rush photo

Angel Olsen plays the Media Club April 21. Photo: Sabrina Rush.

Family of the Year (April 24, Electric Owl, 926 Main St.) –  Los Angeles-base, folk-pop band on tour to support their latest release Loma Vista. With guests Reuben and the Dark. Doors 8 p.m., show 9:30. Tickets $15.00 (plus appl. s/c) advance available online at www.ticketweb.ca.

Purity Ring (April 25, Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street) – Canadian electronic pop duo, on tour to support their debut release Shrines. With guests Blue Hawaii. Doors 8 p.m., show 9:30 p.m. Tickets $20.00 (plus appl. s/c) advance available online at  www.northerntickets.com or  charge by phone 604-569-1144.

Purity Ring Vancouver

Purity Ring at Electric Owl, Vancouver, Sept 7 2011. Photo: Robyn Hanson.

Marnie Stern (April 25, Media Club, 695 Cambie St.) – New York-based singer/songwriter/guitarist on tour for her latest release The Chronicles of Marnia. Doors 8 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets $13.00 (plus appl. s/c) advance available online at www.ticketweb.ca.

Hannah Georgas  (April 27, Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway) – Acclaimed B.C. singer/songwriter on tour for her second, self-titled album. With guests The Belle Game, a Vancouver band with an excellent new record, Ritual Tradition Habit. Doors 7 p.m., show 8. Tickets $22.50 at ticketmaster.ca.

Hannah Georgas Summer Live concert photo

Hannah Georgas at Summer Live at Stanley Park July 10 2011. Photo: Anja Weber.

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