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PHILADELPHIA: The charming indie pop troupe permeate tranquility via artful tunes unto an eclectic, convinced crowd at North Star Bar.

Filing on stage like an army ready for battle, the seven friends that compose the Most Serene Republicdescended upon the North Star Bar last night (Dec. 12). An eclecticgroup of Philly hipsters and college kids met the Toronto-basedcollective’s artistic melodies with bliss and fervor, while TMSRaccented the evening with their exuberant chamber pop prowess.

FrontmanAdrian Jewett took command with his uncultivated stage antics, throwinghis legs up in the air and backpedaling his way through the band’scurrent LP, Population.And his undying energy was vivid, soaking through the rest of hisbandmates’ sincere playfulness on tunes such as “Why So Looking Back”and “Sherry and Her Butterfly Net.” A mix of Emma Ditchburn’s lilting,ethereal vocals and Jewett’s high-pitched offerings, joined with thestriking versatility of the instrumentals bestowed upon the sea oftranquil smiles and certainly left a literal feeling of inclusion in aMost Serene Republic. Bonus for Philly fans; a cover of Neil Young’s”Philadelphia.”

We asked:The Most Serene Republic draws its name from the period of history inVenice considered “The Most Serene Republic of Venice” during the timeof the Doges. If you were to name your band after a period of history,which would it be and why?