Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Over The Top

If spring is still holding out on us, at least the Over The Top Fest announcement gives us something to look forward to. As previously announced, the local indie music festival takes place April 30-May 4, 2008. The official band line-up announcement was made over at Stille Post yesterday(and you can also check out Chartattack's story on it which is a little easier on the eyes) and there's a number of artists that should pique one's interest. Most interestingly to me, The Inbreds' Mike O'Neil has a new act The Beginners that I'd like to check out especially if it is anything along the lines of his solo material or The Inbreds. Legendary-in-some-circles like Hamilton's Simply Saucer or psychedelic electronic duo Silver Apples are bands I'd like to check out for sheer curiosity, Silver Apples in particular for having read their name in print numerous times in reference to modern acts(like Stereolab) they'd influenced.

UK/French combo The Teenagers return to Toronto for a show at Anti on May 1st. Coincidentally I caught their music video for their song "Starlett Johansson" on The Wedge the other night and was taken by the song's almost perfect blend of euro-cool and American indie slackerdom. The song has such a delicious melody, that I can almost forgive them for their band name.

Video: The Teenagers - "Starlett Johansson" (music video)
MySpace: The Teenagers

During the month of April, Tranzac brings back Wombat Wednesdays with a weekly lineup of local indie acts to check out. Perhaps saving best for last, Snailhouse with Sandro Perri and Dan Goldman close out April with a show at the venue on Wednesday April 30. The full schedule is over at Stille Post.

We Are Wolves headline the Shit La Merde party at Sneaky Dee's on March 28, tickets $7.[more info over at Stille Post]

Indie-folkie Jeffrey Lewis has been added to the British Sea Power/The Rosebuds bill taking place at Lee's Palace on May 16. [via Ground Control Touring] Aversion has an interview with singer/guitarist Yan of British Sea Power.

Local indie rockers The Diableros have found a new organist - Craig Gloster(of Fjord Rowboat) has joined the crew, and Pete promises some shows in the near future. [from the band's MySpace blog]

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