• Dog Day

    Who? The laid-back Halifax outfit began as a Seth Smith (vocals/guitars) solo project dubbed Hi-Firey while Smith was playing in a band called The Burdocks. Burdocks bandmate Nancy Urich (bass/vocals) joined in before too long, and the pair released 2005's Thank You EP. From there, Dog Day bided time with both a cassette-release split EP and the Oh Dead Life EP. Drummer KC Spindle and keyboardist Crystal Thili joined in from hardcore act The Hold, and the foursome released the Night Group long-player via Tomlab earlier this spring. What's the Deal? Night Group is a serious throwback to the Halifax/Windsor scene's early '90s heyday, when bands like Thrush Hermit, Super Friendz and Hardship Post populated the scene. Most songs float along dreamily, despite Spindle's insane quick-lick drumming style.

  • The Lonely H

    Who?These Seattle throwback rockers booted out their first album, Kickin' Upstairs, in 2006. Taut live shows swirled with swank three-part vocal harmonies and earned the band a 'don't miss this' reputation in the region. This year, Mark Fredson (vocals), Eric Whitman (guitar), Johnny Whitman (bass), Ben Eyestone (drums), and Colin Field (guitar) all graduated from high school in June before sprouting forth the guitar-laden full-length Hair, out now via the Control Group. What's the DealThese youngsters (birthdates 1988 and 1989) jive with a flow pioneered 20 years before their births via blazing acts such as Led Zeppelin and Queen. Fredson's vocals are more Jason Lee from Almost Famous than Robert Plant or Freddy Mercury, but the band swaggers and stomps all the same.

  • The Lovemakers

    Who? Band mainstays Scott Blonde (vocals/guitars) and Lisa Light (vocals/bass/violin) first got together in 2002 when Blonde stole then-girlfriend Light away from his record store manager. The two formed the Lovemakers and put out a self-released EP as a three-piece in 2003. Next, the Lovemakers issued the disco-danceable full-length Times of Romance on Interscope in 2005, but Blonde and Light's relationship had soured by then. Still, the band soldiered on, as former Oasis drummer Ken Hard and synth/guitarist Brandon Arvonick joined for 2007's Misery Loves Company EP. What's the Deal? The band's latest taut five-song offering amalgamates tones of acts like the Raveonettes, Eurythmics, early Depeche Mode and the White Stripes into a sonically schizophrenic listen.

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