OVER THE TOP FESTIVAL at various venues, Wednesday (April 30) to May 4. $10-$25. www.overthetopfest.com. Rating: NNNNN
Much like Sly Stallone’s character in the inspirational arm-wrestling movie of the same name, Over The Top is out to prove it can’t be beat. The now six-years-running indie music and arts festival, put on by prodigal promoter Eric Warner, is back with a brawny slate of stellar films and bands.
The fest kicks off Wednesday (April 30) with a screening of I Think We’re Alone Now (9:30 pm, Royal Cinema), a doc about stalker-level Tiffany fans and what motivates them to waste their lives.
Thursday’s (May 1) marquee event will be late-60s New York avant-gardists Silver Apples’ (Music Gallery) promisingly unconventional performance of proto-Krautrock. Local upstarts Woodhands (Sneaky Dee’s) continue their indie scene ascension with a surefire party of electro-pop. And if that don’t do it for ya, check the D’Urbervilles (Ukula) or unplugged Rock Plaza Central (St. Stephen-in-the-Fields).
Anyone still mourning the untimely end of earnest duo the Inbreds should check the debut of the Beginners (Friday, May 2, St. Stephen-in-the-Fields), a new combo featuring bassist Mike O’Neill. Those who prefer a more challenging affair can check out Ten Kens (Sneaky Dee’s), a local rock unit with a Liars-like mindset for experimentation.
Noise hounds will lap up percussion-heavy Brooklyn collective An Albatross (Saturday, May 3, Sneaky Dee’s). For something less bludgeoning, boy-girl duo High Places (Ukula) and their panda bear laptop pop are good odds.
If anybody embodies the spirit of going over the top, it’s flamboyant Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes (Sunday, May 4, Mod Club), who closes the fest out with a slightly rare solo set. Barnes is rumoured to be covering Harvest Moon on this tour. Check www.overthetopfest.com for details.