Opening act: I'm not sure what her name was. It was a 40 year oldish hippie woman with an accoustic guitar tuned low enough to sound like a bass. Her voice was pretty awesome, as were some of her facial contortions when she was singing. Musically, she was kind of like some kind of mutant combination of Half Japanese and Janis Joplin. A++, would see again. If I knew who it was.
Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra: Perhaps the band with the best name evar. I've been wanting to see them for a while, but I refused to see them anywhere but Parkdale and they kept playing in The Annex, so I was glad that they finally played at The Drake. The composition of the band is as follows: a violinist, a cello, a sax, a drummer, a bassist, and a singer who has the singing style and stage mannerisms of a slightly more human Jessica Rabbit.
If you like Dresden Dolls, Miranda Sex Garden or Jill Tracy and the Malcontent Orchestra type music, you'd probably like PRO. Either you're into that kind of thing, or you're not. I am. They did the best violin-centered orchestral version of Bizarre Love Triangle I've ever heard. They were better live than the (low quality) MP3s on their web site make them out to be.
Jane Vain And The Dark Matter: They made the mistake of starting off their set by saying they were from Calgary. For those of you who don't know, this is about as smart as going to Calgary and starting off your set by saying you're from Toronto. Don't do it. It will be met with, at best, silence.
They made up for it by playing good, if somewhat traditional, indie music. I expected a more experimental sound out of a band that has a synth, a banjo, and the one black guy in Calgary . Instead, they sounded kind of like The Fiery Furnaces with a cuter singer doing the keyboard work. She got adorably flustered whenever she tried to speak between songs. I wouldn't avoid seeing them again, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to do it either.
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