Six must-see July concerts in Vancouver

Tori Amos

Tori Amos brings her Unrepentant Geraldines tour to the Orpheum Theatre July 16.

July’s big music event in Vancouver is, of course, the Vancouver Folk Festival (July 18-20). But you can read more about that on Carrie Leslie’s Inside Vancouver post, or on the folk festival’s own website.

For this post we want to look at a few other shows happening this month, including the returns of a veteran New Wave act, a much-loved, sometimes controversial singer/songwriter, and an FM rock-radio staple that refuses to say die.

Rhye (July 4 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – This L.A.-based duo features a Canadian singer, Milosh, and released a much-acclaimed debut album last year, Woman. If the group has a new album coming out soon, there’s no mention of it on the Rhye website, so expect to hear lots of tracks from Woman – not a bad prospect. Tickets: $28 here. Show 9:30 pm. General admission.

Dwight Yoakam (July 5 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – The country singer/songwriter once famously referred to as a “dirt sandwich” by actress Sharon Stone plays songs from his storied career. According to Wikipedia, Yoakam’s most recent album, 2012’s 3 Pears, was “included in more critic’s “best of 2012″ lists than any other artist in the country genre.” Tickets: $59.50 here. Show: 8 p.m. General admission.

Sharon Van Etten (July 6 at the Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St.) – This Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has been turning indie-rock heads since the release of her 2009 debut, Because I Was In Love. Van Etten is currently touring on the strength of her fourth album, another critically acclaimed work called Are We There. Show: 9 p.m. Tickets: $18 at

Sharon Van Etten

Indie singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten plays the Rickshaw Theatre July 6 in support of her new album, Are We There. Photo courtesy Pitch Perfect PR.

New Order (July 8 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie St.) – Get your Bizarre Love Triangle on with this show, featuring almost all (bassist Peter Hook has left and formed his own New Order tribute act) the original members. New Order is playing only a few select North American dates, including Vancouver. Show: 7:30pm. Tickets: $39.00, $79.00, $99.00 here. Reserved seating. All ages.

The Cult (Jul 10 at the Commodore Ballroom) – Yes, they’re still around! Now into their fourth (!) decade as a band, The Cult continues to tour and remind people that they once ruled the danceteria with tracks like “She Sells Sanctuary”. It appears the band may have a new album, A New Wilderness. Tickets $53.50 here. Show: 9:30 p.m. General admission.

Tori Amos (July 16 at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.) – The singer/songwriter brings her Unrepentant Geraldines Tour to Vancouver. The Guardian says of the album, “Unrepentant Geraldines is more likely to thrill old fans rather than win new ones, but her voice has rarely sounded as powerful or pure.” Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49.50, $69.50, $89.50 hereReserved seating. All ages.

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