Can’t Miss Spring Concerts 2016

Warmer weather, hotter concerts

Spring — the collective sigh of relief coming from the winter months. Since we can rejoice that the sun stays up well past 5PM, one of the best ways to take advantage of the warmer weather is by hitting up some wicked spring shows. While it’s not shorts and t-shirt weather yet, at least these shows and festivals won’t require you to leave the house with a parka and wool sweaters. Check out our can’t miss Spring shows below and let us know which ones you’re most excited for in the comments.

Indie88 Presents LUCIUS | March 26 @ Opera House
This Brooklyn quartet has been wowing audiences with their energetic live shows since 2011. Lucius are building hype for their recent album Good Grief which was released earlier this March.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros | March 31 @ The Mod Club
This Los Angeles-based band draws influence from the roots-rockndie days of the 60s and 70s. Even with an endless revolving door of band members, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros still manage to consistently captivate live audiences with their rousing live performances.

David Gilmour | March 31 @ The ACC
David Gilmour is an English-born pioneer of progressive rock music. Over his 50+ years as a touring musician, his most notable work came from co-leading vocals and guitar with Pink Floyd. This is a must-see (if you can manage to snag tickets).

Lower Dens | March 31 @ The Silver Dollar Room
If you’re a fan of slow-burning, down tempo indie rock then look no further than this Baltimore-based band. Backed by former solo artist Jana Hunter, this critically acclaimed band has received praise from major music publications, comparing them to the likes of Beach House and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

The Naked And Famous | April 1 @ Mod Club
Auckland, New Zealand’s The Naked and The Famous’ sound can be described as larger than life. Somewhere between Passion Pit and Portugal the Man, this spirited, indie-rock, turned-stadium-anthems producing band has garnered them massive commercial success since 2010.

Indie88 Presents Savages | April 4 @ Danforth Music Hall
Savages made our 5 of the Wildest Sets You Can Expect at WayHome list for a very good reason. This London-based group led by Jenny Beth takes their live performances seriously. Often requiring audience members to give up their cell phones, and surrender themselves from the moment.

Chairlift | April 5 @ Lee’s Palace
Luscious new-wave indie pop group Chairlift from Brooklyn make their much awaited appearance to Toronto at Lee’s Palace.

Indie88 Presents The Dandy Warhols | April 8 @ The Phoenix
Over 20 years of producing essential indie-rock out of Portland, Oregon, The Dandy Warhols make their return to Toronto April 8th at the Phoenix.

Moon King | April 8 @ Horseshoe Tavern
Moon King is a Toronto-based dream-rock duo consisting of Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wildehave who have toured with the likes of Alvvays, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Fucked Up.

Iggy Pop & Josh Homme | April 9 @ The Sony Center
The King of Punk himself is touring with Queens of the Stone Age / Kyuss frontman Josh Homme for their recent album Post Pop Depression.

Junior Boys & Jesse Lanza | April 9 @ The Phoenix
Hamilton’s Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys has worked closely with fellow Hamiltonite Jessy Lanza producing mesmerizing, electronic psych-pop, even producing her upcoming album OH NO.

Indie88 Presents Ra Ra Riot | April 14 @ Lee’s Palace
Ra Ra Riot has been producing baroque pop tunes for the better part of a decade from modest beginnings in Syracuse, New York.

Aurora | April 15 @ The Velvet Underground
AURORA (born Aurora Aksnes) hails from a Norwegian city with a name translates to “Fjord of Lights.” Or that when she was six, the future singer/songwriter was disciplined for convincing classmates that their school was overrun with talking mice. Or even that her first brush with making music was discovering a toy piano, and she managed to keep her hobby a secret from her parents until well into her teen years.

Indie88 Presents Atlas Genius | April 17 @ MOD Club
Raised in Adelaide, Australia, Keith and Michael Jeffery have been writing infectiously catchy rock songs with their longtime friend Darren Sell.

Father John Misty | April 20 @ Massey Hall
Josh Tillman a.k.a. Father John Misty is one of the most self-aware and brilliant performers there is to out there. Make sure you listen to his recent album I Love You Honeybear before you do anything else today.

Indie88 Presents Highs | April 30 @ Lee’s Palace
Highs are an up-and-coming group of Toronto, breaking through onto airwaves with their recent single, “I Do, Do You?”

Mobb Deep | May 1 @ The Hoxton Nightclub
Mobb Deep is a critically acclaimed American hip hop group from Queens, New York. It doesn’t get more intense than these guys.

The Indies with Indie88 (CMW) | May 4 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Indie88 is proud to present the Indies this year at CMW with Wintersleep, The Strumbellas, The Zolas, and more performances to be announced.

Indie88 Presents Sloan | May 14 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Sloan are Canadian alt-rock treasures. This Halifax-originating group has consistently kept Canada relevant on the alternative rock scene over the last 20+ years.

Indie88 Presents The 1975 | May 20 @ Echo Beach
The 1975 are unapologetic about their nu-age glam-rock aesthetic. This Cheshire-born group has audiences falling head over heels with their smooth alt-rock record I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.

Wolf Parade | May 24-28 @ Lee’s Palace
Based out of Montreal, Wolf Parade are essential post-punk indie rockers that made a lot of fans very happy after recently lifting their five year hiatus.


Indie88 Presents The Kills | May 21 @ Danforth Music Hall
The Kills are a multinational band spanning the UK and USA, making their rounds before the release of Ash & Ice this summer.

Indie88 Presents PUP | May 26 @ Phoenix Concert Theathre
PUP is a critically acclaimed Canadian punk band whose self-titled debut earned a perfect ten score from Noisey, and have been nominated for both the Polaris and Prism Prize. They also put on one hell of a show.

Indie88 Presents The Vaccines | May 26 @ MOD Club
Hailing from west London, this fast-paced indie rock group meets somewhere in the middle of the Strokes and Tokyo Police Club.

Indie88 Presents Bloc Party and MS MR | May 29 & 30 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Making their return with a fan-turned-drummer, Louis Bartle, UK rock group Bloc Party are making a triumphant return with New York duo MS MR.

Indie88 Presents Courtney Barnett | May 30 @ Danforth Music Hall
Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit made nearly every 2015 year-end list, garnering the Australian blues-inspired rock trio a Grammy nomination and winning the Australian Music Prize.

Miike Snow | May 31 & June1 @ Danforth Music Hall
Swedish indie-electro trio Miike Snow have become household names with their intelligent pop songs crafted from 80s-inspired synths / samples.

Field Trip | June 4 & 5 @ Fort York & Garrison Common
Toronto’s unofficial summer kickoff festival at Fort York Garrison Commons features The National and Robyn as headliners, with plenty of other worthy bands.

Brand New | June 9 & 10 @ Sound Academy
After breaking hearts after disbanding back in 2013, the pivotal rock group from Long Island is making a well-received return to stages everywhere.

Florence + the Machine | June 10 @ Molson Amphitheatre
Florence Welch might just be one of the greatest performers of our time. Incredible songwriting, powerful voice, mesmerizing live performances–Florence and her machine are very, very well oiled.

NXNE | June 15-19 @ Various Venues
While no acts have yet been announced, big changes are coming to NXNE this year including main stage location changes and an emphasis on gaming culture. Check out details here.

City and Colour | June 17 @ Molson Amphitheatre
This St. Catherine’s-originating songwriter first made rounds with his post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, Dallas Green eventually made international waves with his alternative folk-rock project, City and Colour.

Main photo by Nick Tiringer and Jason Persse via Flickr