King Princess, Trail of Dead, and more concert picks for January

King Princess (aka Mikaela Strauss) returns to Vancouver.

Hey music fans! We wish we had better news but January’s a slow month. Not only that, but some of the biggest shows are already sold-out—that includes Michael Kinawuka, Leif Vollebekk, and Choir! Choir! Choir! But you can still get tickets to the shows below, although King Princess tix won’t last and Trail of Dead at the Fox is likely to be a madhouse.

Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio (Jan 8, Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour St.)—The Vancouver guitarist jazzes out with New York pals compatriots Matt Mitchell (piano) and Jim Black (drums). The music of GG’s Nomad “nods to 20th-century classical composition, rock, free jazz, and third stream,” according to the trio. (Tickets: $20-25 at

King Princess (Jan 16, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.)—Breakout hitmaker (“1950”) performs songs from her debut full-length, Cheap Queen. This one is almost sure to sell out, so get your tickets lickety-split. (Tickets: $42.25 at

The King Khan & BBQ Show (Jan 17, Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St.)—Canadian garage-rock duo from Montreal famous for its unconventional rock shows. The most recent release from King Khan himself is called Turkey Ride. Acid Tongue supports with songs from its latest album The Night We Broke Our Lease. (Tickets: $20 at

The King Khan & BBQ Show captured in a sedate moment.

 Tord Gustavsen Trio (Jan 19, BlueShore at Capilano University, North Vancouver)—After years of touring with a variety of lineups, pianist Tord Gustavsen returned to a trio format for his 2018 album, The Other Side. Since its release, Gustavsen’s new outfit has been touring Europe and North America, including the kickoff of  Capilano University’s Jazz Series in September of 2018. The Tord Gustavsen Trio returns to The BlueShore with more of that sweet sweet Norwegian jazz. (Tickets: $30/27 at

The Tord Gustavsen Trio.

… And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (Jan 20, Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St.)—The Austin alt-rock band returns from the dead itself, or least limbo (their last album was IX, in 2014), with a new album on Jan 17. Their 2011 release Tao of the Dead recently made Good Morning America’s list of 50 Notable Albums of the Last Decade, which reads: “Trail of Dead aren’t anywhere near as scary as their name might have you believe. Members Conrad Keeley and Jason Reece know their way around a catchy pop tune and yet they often make it as hard and as rocking as they can… Elements of psychedelia and prog-rock keep things interesting.” (Tickets: $20 at


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