Six must-see April concerts in Vancouver

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks in Vancouver

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Siamak Amini photo.

If there’s anything that can be said about the concert climate for April, it’s that it’s sunny with a chance of rock.

Three of today’s hottest rock bands in the world – one from the U.K., one from the U.S. and one from Australia – are coming to town. There’s also a boy-opera band, a classic rocker (if you’re idea of classic rock is the stuff they didn’t play on the radio in the ’70s) and an indie-rocker who started it all.

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Six must-see April concerts in Vancouver

Hugh Laurie announces West Coast dates, kick-off concert in Vancouver

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Actor/ musician Hugh Laurie kicks off his West Coast tour at the Orpheum May 20. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records.

Actor Hugh Laurie is no stranger to these parts. Last summer, the star of House made an impromptu appearance at a local jazz club. At the time, Laurie was filming the movie Tomorrowland with George Clooney (due for release later this year).

Now Laurie, an accomplished pianist, has announced a West Coast tour in support of his 2013 album Didn’t It Rain. Along with his group The Copper Bottom Band, Laurie will kick off the tour in Vancouver on May 20.

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Hugh Laurie announces West Coast dates, kick-off concert in Vancouver

Six must-see March concerts in Vancouver

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom

St. Vincent at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 12 2011. Photo credit: Anja Weber.

It’s the middle of March, and all the cool kids are down in Austin for the annual South by Southwest music conference. Maybe that’s why the next week or so is heavily weighted with what the music industry likes to call “legacy acts” such as Yes, ZZ Top, The Wailers (March 14 at the Commodore) and Neil Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

But, while March’s concert schedule may be a field day for classic rock radio listeners, Vancouver is getting some hip indie-rock and -pop acts as well. Here’s a look at some of the top concerts in the last two weeks of this month.

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Six must-see March concerts in Vancouver

Seven must-see concerts for February!

The Naked and Famous at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, Oct 20 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

The Naked and Famous at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, Oct 20 2013. The New Zealand band opens for Imagine Dragons at Rogers Arena Feb. 10. Kirk Chantraine photo.

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.

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Seven must-see concerts for February!

Ringo Starr touches down in Vancouver

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If you’ve been near a TV, newspaper or the Internet lately then you know that the two remaining Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, recently played together on the Grammys.

Following that historic appearance, Ringo Starr has announced a North American tour. The tour brings him to Vancouver with his All-Starr Band.

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Ringo Starr touches down in Vancouver