SLOAN at the Great Hall (1087 Queen West), Friday (June 14), 11 pm. NXNE wristband or $20. nxne.com.
Sloan have been celebrating their past left and right. Their 2011 Double Cross album nodded to their 20th anniversary, they recently reissued 1994's Twice Removed as a three-record vinyl box set and, in April, they aired their early hardcore punk influences via an album of cover songs.
Now, their upcoming NXNE showcase fetes the 21st birthday of their influential, scene-building label, Murderecords.
Like the band, Murder began in Halifax in the 90s, releasing music by Sloan as well as the city's most exciting indie acts. A few label alumni will join the Canrock hit-makers at the Great Hall, including former Inbreds singer/bassist Mike O'Neill and reunited rockers Super Friendz. Ben Gunning of Local Rabbits fame will DJ before and between sets.
For their headlining show, Sloan will play rarely performed tunes from their Peppermint EP, Murder's inaugural release. Also on hand: a just-published book that includes 12 7-inches (and digital versions) by 90s Murderecords bands, a 7-inch by the Certain Someones (a Halifax supergroup that includes Sloan's Chris Murphy), and a portfolio of prints by Catherine Stockhausen, the scene's primary photographer.
These guys really know how to keep the good times rollin'.
If you like Sloan, also check out Boxer the Horse at Sneaky Dee's, Saturday (June 15), 10 pm, NXNE wristband or $15; or Paper Lions at Danforth Music Hall, Saturday (June 15), 9 pm, NXNE wristband or $20.