The Weeknd, Band of Skulls to play Edmonton in September
His cinematic music, which has been “going viral” on social media, performs at the Edmonton Event Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Tickets are $40 and go on sale Friday. “Trending heavily” is another phrase being used to describe the Toronto R&B artist and producer’s rise to fame, not hindered one bit, of course, by being taken under the wing of established Toronto R&B artist Drake. The Weeknd’s debut recording, House of Balloons – called a “mixtape” – came out in 2011 and was promptly shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. A more recent mixtape, Echoes of Silence, is up for the prestigious Canadian award again this year.
Next up on the announce queue is a British band that got a big boost not from social media, per se, but modern rock radio – Band of Skulls hits the Starlite Room on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Tickets are $22 and go on sale Friday. Blues-rocky in the vein of the Black Keys or the White Stripes or somewhere in between, Band of Skulls is perhaps best known for the hit single, “I Know What I Am,” which can be heard in at least one TV show and in a video game. They’re touring North American in support of their latest album, Sweet Sour.