The Link chooses some musical acts we’re most excited to see at POP. Thank us later.
The Planet Smashers
Who says ska is dead? I’ve got a pair of spats that very clearly says otherwise, and the Smashers will back me up.
Some people will tell you that there’s music and there’s comedy, never the two shall meet.
Remember when you were six and your mom insisted on you taking piano lessons from your elderly neighbour? You figured the big pay-off would come when you got to rock out on one of those newfangled Casio keyboards. When the big day finally came, you plugged that sucker in, and were immediately delighted by that magical contraption. Remember how you got bored of that within 20 minutes? Holy Fuck did not. Infamous for playing ancient, piece of shit Casios, these ambient dudes have become a must-see for the way they mix up insane noise-making gadgets that have never before been used to make listenable music. And hey, Stephen Harper singled them out for being obscene, so they must be pretty epic, right?
Montreal, meet the princess of gothic pop. Grimes evokes a musical sensibility that is unwordly yet painfully human. Mostly, her songs sound like sonic love letters to someone (or something) who lives on a different planet.
Twin Sister are a quartet reigning from the uber-hip music scene of Brooklyn, NY. Their songs are atmospheric and stormy, yet remain grounded, cool and collected. Twin Sister’s lead singer is a cooing
and enchanting Andrea Estella. She has the sort of airy, committed voice that I would follow straight to hell, if that were where she wanted to take me.
Lunice and Hovatron
If you’re into Dubstep—and I have it on good authority that all of the kids are these days—then you either already know about Lunice and Hovatron, or you’re sorely missing out. Each will be playing a set at Club Lambi on Thursday. The event runs from 10 p.m. and will continue until your mind has been zapped to death by brawling, brainy beats.
This article originally appeared in The Link Volume 31, Issue 07, published September 28, 2010.
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