This February is a hot month for concerts in Vancouver – from what is sure to be one of the biggest arena spectacles of the year (Miley kicks off her 38-city Bangerz tour here on Valentine’s Day) to the city’s own blues-rock duo the Pack A.D. playing a hometown show. If you like love music, you’re going to find something to love this month.
Washed Out (Feb 1 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – Washed Out began as a solo project from American singer/songwriter/producer Ernest Greene but has evolved to include a full band, at least in live shows. Greene and friends are touring in support of last year’s well-received Paracosm album. With special guests Kisses. Show 9:30 p.m. Tickets $22.50/general admission. Tickets here.
Demi Lovato (Feb 9 Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – Pity poor Demi, a former child star going up against the titan of the teen brigade, Miley Cyrus, who kicks off her Bangerz Tour at the same venue just a few days later. Show 7 p.m. Tickets $29.50, $49.50, $75.50/reserved seating/all-ages. Tickets here.
Imagine Dragons (Feb. 10 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – Fresh off a Grammy win, the Las Vegas band is back, still on tour for its 2012 album Night Visions. With special guests, New Zealand band The Naked and Famous. Show 7 p.m. Tickets $29.50, $45.50, $55.50/general admission floor/reserved stands seating/all ages. Tickets here.
Miley Cyrus (Feb. 14 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – Arguably 2013’s most notorious entertainment headline, Cyrus released her album Bangerz last year to mixed reviews. We’ll see how she fares on a tour for the record. With special guests Icona Pop. Show 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49.50, $69.50, $89.50/reserved seating/all ages. Tickets here.
Paul Simon and Sting (Feb 20 Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – Here’s something, dare we say, for the Baby Boomers. The tour begins Feb. 8 in Houston, so the two veteran performers should have all the kinks ironed out of their co-headlining show by the time they arrive in Vancouver. Bonus: they’ll be playing each other’s songs. Show 8 p.m. Tickets $45.00, $85.00, $150.00, $250/reserved seating/all ages. Tickets here.
The Pack A.D. (Feb 21 at the Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St.) – If you haven’t seen The Pack A.D., or heard of them for that matter, now is the time to get on the bandwagon. The Vancouver duo has just released their fifth album, Do Not Engage, and are poised for greatness – though some would say they’ve already attained it. With guests The Courtneys and Dead Soft. Show 9 p.m. Tickets $17.50/general admission/19. Tickets here.
A Tribe Called Red (Feb 22 at the Commodore, 868 Granville St., with a second show added Feb 21) – A Tribe Called Red’s two groundbreaking records have cleared the way for Canadian First Nations tribal rock/hip-hop. Both shows promise to be high-energy and electrifying. With Mat the Alien, Lido Pimienta, and Self Evident. Hosted by Ostwelve and welcoming by Tsleil-Waututh Nation Artists. Show 9 p.m. Tickets $23.50 (early bird tickets $18.50)/general admission. Tickets here.