THE ATOMIC NUMBERS
Electromotive (Sid Flips) Rating: NNN
Although Detroit is often associated with techno, hick-hop and raunchy rock and roll, there's an odd segment of the Motor City for whom the late-70s power pop of Cheap Trick and Bram Tchaikovsky has never gone out of fashion. Cue the Atomic Numbers.
Unapologetically retro, the Numbers' recent Electromotive comes packed with snappy, neatly crafted tunes -- drawing favourable comparisons to the Romantics (!) in the Detroit press -- yet the entire time-warp scenario is a bit baffling. But if they want to put on skinny ties and pretend it's 1978 at their Everest gig tonight (Thursday, June 8) at 10 pm, hey, good luck to 'em. TP
*MICHAL THE GIRL
(independent) Rating: NNNN
The sugary vocals of Halifax-reared, New York-based guitarist Michal Friedman at first belie the depth at hand here, but not for long. Once Friedman cranks the amp and starts railing about rotten guys and their worse habits, it's clear she's not some Harriett Wheeler wannabe, no matter how apt the vocal comparison. A spooky, sinister knockout. Michal the Girl plays Everest tonight (Thursday, June 8) at 11 pm. KH superGARAGE
Demolition (independent) Rating: NNN
You've got to hand it to Thorold, Ontario's, shamelessly eager-beaver pop/rock gang superGARAGE -- they've stuck with it during moments of almost thunderous indifference, only to emerge as a much better band.
Demolition is a straight bill of goods cleanly produced by mondo tech head John Arnott, and while genre walls are not crumbling, this is respectable stuff, well played. See them tonight (Thursday, June 8), 10 pm at Lee's. KH
NYC's Michal the Girl sweetly rages, Knoxville's R.B. Morris spins tales