at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West), 9:20 pm; and at the Rivoli (322 Queen), Saturday (March 8), at 11 pm.
Who: Two guys and two girls from Halifax who make minimalist guitar-driven indie pop. Jangly chords and wistful melodies are underpinned by tastefully sparse keyboard lines.
Why: Sometimes compared to space-pop bands, they’re closer to the softer side of Sonic Youth and have more in common with Eric’s Trip than with their East Coast roots. It’s genuine pop music, stripped down to the raw essentials, with enough curves thrown in to keep it interesting as well as comfortable and familiar.
Buzz factor: Though they’ve only had a small cult following in Canada, they caught the ear of hip German label Tomlab. Known for more avant-garde material, the label released their debut album, Night Group, last year and has helped them gain an audience in Europe. Typically, this will lead to increased attention in Canada.