The Weakerthans’ John K. Samson brings his new album, The Winter Wheat, to the Bronson Centre on April 7.
Tour-hardy and beard-heavy is Ben Caplan, along with his band, The Casual Smokers. They cross the country and dip into Europe frequently, bringing their ratcheted-up East Coast folk and badass bluegrass into communities large and small. Caplan and crew head to the Shenkman Arts Centre on April 7.
Montreal-via-Ottawa troubadour Leif Vollebekk is at First Baptist Church on April 14.
Not much on Lisa LeBlanc’s new album, called Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, is couched in metaphor. There’s the tune “Dump the Guy ASAP” and “I Ain’t Perfect, Babe.” It’s a collection of rollicking, unsubtle, foot-stomping guitar tunes the New Brunswick musician calls “folk trash.” April 8, Bronson Centre Theatre.
The Wedding Present is often anointed cult status in the way of other misery-mining U.K. acts. Like a slightly less dreary Joy Division, they’ve offered pathos, whimsy, dry wit, experimental noise, blistering rhythm guitars, angst, and consistently unpredictable twists and turns since they formed in 1985. It’ll be a celebratory occasion when the band makes its way to Zaphod Beeblebrox on April 18.