Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω
54•40 – Sept. 13
Sagebrush Theater, doors @ 7 p.m., show @ 7:30, $48.50 (some fees included)
54•40 is doing another tour of Canada. The longtime band is celebrating more than 30 years together, with a number of hits and radio success stories on the resume. The veterans take to the stage for an earlier show, which will no doubt include a number of fan favourites from their catalogue of mainstream and alt-rock repertoire.
Hey Ocean! – Sept. 18 (with Family of the Year)
The Blue Grotto, doors @ 8 p.m., $17.71 (some fees included)
Darling is a strong word, but right now Hey Ocean! is the darling of Canadian indie music. With songs and albums all over college radio and the CBC’s Radio 3, there’s a pretty strong buzz for fans of the indie-pop, fun genre. The Vancouver trio has been around for seven years and seems to be growing stronger each year, still touring on the strength of 2011’s Is.
Emberfield – Sept. 22
The Art We Are, show @ 8 p.m., $6
If looking for a less crowded, mellower night out, Emberfield should fit the bill. The North Vancouver quartet dabbles in a pretty chill area of music with acoustic guitars and some subdued drums. This will provide a slow down if students have been going hard after frosh week. With food and warm drinks, the show will have more of a café feel to it than at the clubs. This means rather than trying desperately to avoid a sweat-shower from the tall, hairy guy in front, concert-goers will have the opportunity to truly engage in the music.
Dragonette – Oct. 2 (with Young Empire, Data Romance, Nouveau)
Cactus Jacks, doors @ 9 p.m., $16.37 (some fees included)
Electro-pop may not be the biggest genre out there, but it’s a dynamic one and Dragonette is one of the bigger names associated with it. Lead singer Martina Sorbara has carved out a recognizable niche, with racy tunes built for club performances. This show will be occurring just after the release of their newest album, Bodyparts, so there’s a chance some new singles will be seeping into your ears over the coming weeks.