SLOAN at Yonge-Dundas Square, Friday (June 18), 9:30 pm. Free. nxne.com.
The members of Sloan are already kicking around ideas for next February, which marks the 20th anniversary of their first show. (Super-fan trivia: it took place at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.)
"I'd like to play some older albums front to back in a concert setting," says guitarist/vocalist Jay Ferguson. "Twice Removed? One Chord To Another? Perhaps a bit trendy these days, but it's something I've wanted to do for a while.
"Maybe the 20th anniversary is the right time to relearn Lemonzinger. Actually, scratch that. The lyrics are total trash. Good riff, though."
In the meantime, the Toronto-based indie pop legends are keeping busy with releases - B-Sides Win, a new collection of bonus tracks, extras and B-sides, and last November's Hit & Run EP are available from the band's digital store. And let's not forget fatherhood. Last week, bassist Chris Murphy welcomed a new son into the world.
Then there's Sloan's free Yonge-Dundas Square show during NXNE. Besides squeezing in a rehearsal with the new dad and checking out Iggy & the Stooges Saturday night, what do they have planned for their show?
"Hit after hit after hit followed by an obscure album track to allow people to go purchase a hot dog or jeans, and then back to the hits," jokes Ferguson. "It'll be good. Under the stars. And billboards. I miss Licks restaurant on that corner."