KEVIN DREW Spirit If (Arts & Craft) The cool thing about Drew, unlike his Broken Social mates, is that the guy still hangs out in Queen West bars, goes to shows and is easily approached (especially by the ladies). So grab his impressive solo jam, tell him listening to it was spiritual, then claim to anyone who'll listen that you're totally BFF with the dude.
DD/MM/YYYY Are They Masks? (We Are Busy Bodies) If your friends are still going on about how Corgan ruled at V Fest, why not pick up DD/MM/YYYY's frenetic spaz rock disc, pretend you caught their breakout set on the Bud stage, then chastise your lame pals for being out of touch with the scene?
LOVE KILLS Carry Me Home (independent) Cop this self-made EP by shoegaze pop emissaries of the ultra-hip Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. Then proceed into too-cool local haunts like Sweaty Betty's or the Communist's Daughter like you own the place.
BRUTAL KNIGHTS Feast Of Shame (Deranged) If you don't know the name Nick Flanagan, clearly you've got some catching up to do when it comes to local underground rock. Let his band's blazing new joint of gut-punch punk be your Coles Notes and get yourself out of mainstream detention.
HUCKLEBERRY FRIENDS The Huckleberry Friends EP (independent) You know those cute indie girls you see riding basket-fitted bicycles, scarves flowing, a copy of Nylon handy? They play in bands, too, and in this case a talented trio has released a haunting vocal-based EP that's tough to find. And that, in the indie game, is exactly why you need it.