Sure Things: Your guide to the best shows this weekend

Homecomings, farewells and debuts to get the tears (and beers) flowing

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Billie Dre & The Poor Boys: Dadbod pioneers - ZACH ZURKOWSKY-SIMPSON
  • Zach Zurkowsky-Simpson
  • Billie Dre & The Poor Boys: Dadbod pioneers

THURSDAY MAY 21

Primenine, The Donairs, Abandon Suburbia, The Cathartics Punk and pop-punk acts to get the blood flowing. In your veins and probably out of your nose if you get too close. Gus’ Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, $6, 10:30pm

Oh Susanna American-born, Canadian-raised Oh Susanna is the best of both worlds. Combining Canadian alt-country with flavours of classic Americana, the delicate and accurate twang of Oh Susanna’s voice is only topped by her lyrical prowess. Whether she’s singing about heartbreak or happiness, every line on her latest release Namedropper is spot on and goosebump-inducing. Move over, Gillian Welch. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $17.50, 8:30pm

FRIDAY MAY 22

Billie Dre & The Poor Boys: The Last Finger One final night with Billie Dre and the Poor Boys. I suspect that the hometown boys won’t go gentle into that good night, but rather go out thrashing and screaming. The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street, $10/$12, 9pm

Spring Party w/Skratch Bastid The sun is out, the birds are chirping, the trees are in full bloom, you’re puking on your shoes on Gottingen Street after a few too many vodka cranberries at Skratch Bastid’s spring bash. Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, $15, 10pm

SATURDAY MAY 23

Williston Irvine Album Release Singer-songwriter Williston Irvine drops his debut album Songs of Last December with a little help from his friends Hillsburn and Together Apart. If the debut single Gas Station Blues is any indication, Irvine has poured his heart, soul and harmonica into the album. The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street, $5, 9pm

Bloody Diamonds w/Costume Party, Jacob Strang & The High Class Hussies Despite their busy touring schedule, Bloody Diamonds proves they haven’t forgotten about us here in Halifax. The duo’s homecoming show comes right before they relocate full-time to the Big Smoke, so you can reunite just in time to say goodbye. Gus’ Pub, 2605 Agricola Street, $8/$10, 10pm

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