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Saturday: Broken Social Scene

Canada has become a frontier for indie rock in the last decade. Here in Buffalo, we often get to reap the benefits of the musical endeavors of our neighbors to the north. One of the bands that has been a leader in Canada’s indie rock scene since 1999 is Toronto’s Broken Social Scene. With a rotating list of members as large as a little league baseball team, Broken Social Scene has had its share of break-out successes. The band won two successive Juno awards for “best alternative record” for 2002’s You Forget It In People, and 2005’s Broken Social Scene, before introducing the world to pop hit Feist, who found her beginnings as a vocalist in the band. After a four year hiatus, which saw the release of two solo albums by founding members Kevin Drew and Brenden Canning, the band reunited in Toronto in July of 2009. The reunion was closely followed by a new, critically acclaimed record, Forgiveness Rock Record, which features performances and cameos by former members, including Feist. Their post-rock influenced sound is emphasized on Forgiveness, which was produced by an innovator of the genre, John McEntire, also of Tortoise and the Sea and Cake. At the same time the band has buttoned down some of their more eccentric song structures to create an album that melds pop and art-rock into one colorful and instrumentally diverse album, which peaked at 34 on the Billboard top 200. Their latest singles include “Forced to Love” and “Meet Me in the Basement.” The fast-paced, shocking, and funny video compiled for “Meet Me in the Basement” is a must see commentary on a culture of short attention spans, internet shock value, and violence. In contrast to Broken Social Scene’s sometimes unabated rock anthems, they will be joined by mellow, jazz influenced indie rockers the Sea and Cake. Since forming in Chicago in 1994, the Sea And Cake have released a diverse, eight album discography with albums ranging from the electronic experimentation on The Fawn and Glass, the cool lo-fi jazz rock of Oui, and the straight forward indie rock on their latest albums Everybody and Car Alarm. Broken Social Scene will perform at the Town Ballroom on Saturday (Sept 25) with The Sea And Cake.
cory perla

7pm (doors). Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / www.townballroom.com) $24/$28 at TB box office and Tickets.com