Broken Social Scene and Stars Lee's, June 12
A latecomer straggling into the sprawling and packed show at Lee's last Thursday could have been forgiven any confusion as to precisely who was featured on the bill. Over the course of approximately five hours, the small-country-sized Broken Social Scene / Stars collective morphed into no fewer than seven separate acts, all featuring various permutations of the same musical characters. It was difficult to draw clear lines between bands, from Stars belter Amy Millan 's excellent indie twang turn backed by Broken Socialites trying to look inconspicuous, to BSS core member Andrew Whiteman getting jiggy with his weirdly named Apostle of Hustle crew (Broken Social Scene by any other name), to Jason Collett showing off rootsy tunes from his recent Arts & Crafts release, Motor Motel Love Songs, too well, you get the picture.
The musicians' stamina and inventiveness were mind-boggling, and the overall epic show, while occasionally self-indulgent, was one of the best I've seen in ages. But the real highlight was Leslie Feist 's sexy solo soul set. Working a sizzling 80s cowgirl ensemble (only Feist could pull that off), she dazzled with a rich, elastic voice and killer moves. Even Feist's supporting turns, supplying slightly sapphic backing vocals with Millan during Broken Social Scene's set, were standouts.
Why aren't we seeing more of that woman around town?