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10 Shows That Need To Be On Your Radar This Month – August

Summer is quickly coming to an end. We’ve seen some amazing shows so far, and this last month won’t be any different. With only a couple weeks left, wouldn’t you want to make the most of it by seeing as many great shows as possible Check out our list of upcoming shows this month that you won’t want to miss. There’s The National, The Gaslight Anthem, LVL UP, and so much more.

All shows have been selected by Indie88 staff for this sponsored feature.

The Vaccines

Aug 2 | Mod Club | Tickets

The fourth album from The Vaccines has been described as “the sound of one of the defining British rock and roll bands of their generation at full throttle.” Combat Sports is a record of guitars, of brevity, of speed, of breathless excitement. This is a show you won’t want to miss.

The National & Father John Misty

Aug 4 | Fort York – Garrison Common | Tickets

Four years have passed since the release of Trouble Will Find Me, and the band starting working on their next album right after the finished touring. In 2017 the band released the album Sleep Well Beast, which won the Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album. Simply put, this show is a must-see.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Aug 6 | Phoenix Concert Theatre | Tickets

If DIY is your thing, then you’ll like Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The band started playing shows and recording self-released cassettes in the 90s and touring extensively. The band gained a reputation for mesmerizing live shows marked by orchestral dynamics, epic rock power and clunky, beautiful film loops.

Tash Sultana

Aug 7 | RBC Echo Beach | Tickets

Simply put, Tash Sultana is a new, dynamic artist who has commanded world attention since homemade videos went viral. Almost overnight, Sultana went from recording on a GoPro to selling out massive venues and touring worldwide. This Australian artist plays 15 instruments, and hasn’t even released their debut album yet.

Pedro The Lion

Aug 8 | Lee’s Palace | Tickets

Pedro the Lion has now resurfaced after more than a decade of breaking up. The band has long since been known for their lyrics surrounding political conflict, religious turmoil, and emotional angst. Frontman David Bazan announced that he would now be the solo member, with different musicians appearing while touring.

The Gaslight Anthem

Aug 9, 10 | Rebel | Tickets

The Gaslight Anthem is playing Toronto two nights in a row. They’ll be performing The ’59 Sound in its entirety, the celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the album’s release. People were raving about this record, and in December 2008, eMusic named The ’59 Sound the best album that year.

Beach House

Aug 20 | Sony Centre For the Performing Arts | Tickets

This American dream-pop band has been making audiences swoon with their smooth melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics since 2004. Their latest album, 7, gained universal acclaim and is possibly one of their best to date, with the sound being notably darker, freer, and more creative than ever before.

Future Islands

Aug 27 | London Music Hall | Tickets

Future Islands songs make you believe in true love with Samuel T. Herring piercing vocals. Their performances are one part melancholic, one part euphoric; full of animated bass lines, robust drum machines and questing keyboards. They aren’t playing in Toronto, but it’s definitely worth the drive to London.


Aug 29 | The Garrison | Tickets

LVL UP announced earlier this summer that they would be breaking up, but not before doing one last tour and releasing one final single, “Orchard.” The indie/lo-fi group has released three LPs since their beginning in 2011. If you’ve never seen the band before, grab your tickets now before they’re all sold out.


Aug 31 | The Horseshoe Tavern | Tickets

If you haven’t heard yet, TUNS is a Canadian indie rock supergroup, consisting of Mike O’Neill of The Inbreds, Chris Murphy of Sloan and Matt Murphy of The Super Friendz. All three men have come together to create something completley different than their other musical projects. What a better way to end the summer then with this amazing group?

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