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SXSW regional preview: Canada

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com

Canada

Purity Ring

From: Halifax, Nova Scotia/Montreal

About: Megan James and Corin Roddick (formerly of Gobble Gobble) is what happens when indie rock kids sell the guitars for synths, an 808 emulator and start translating the felt musical experience of Southern hip-hop into something that, well, Canadian indie rock kids might dig.

Could share a bill with: Grimes, Spoek Mathambo, Chamillionaire (maybe)

Delhi 2 Dublin

From: Vancouver, British Columbia

Online: delhi2dublin.com

About: Delhi 2 Dublin are a little bit Bhangra, a little bit Celtic, a little bit dub and a little bit state of the art radio pop. Tarun Nayar, Sanjay Seran, Andrew Kim, Ravi Binning and Sara Fitzpatrick will make you dance.

Could share a bill with: LCD Soundsystem, Skrillex, Cornershop

Library Voices

From: Regina, Saskatchewan

Online: libraryvoices.ca

About: Maybe it's all that socialism, but Canada has a thing for big (read: seven- to 10-piece) indie rock bands with all sorts of synths and vintage instruments. I would vote them "band most likely to come to SXSW with organ, brass instruments and glockenspeil in tow."

Could share a bill with: Arcade Fire, Hold Steady, New Pornographers

Parlovr

From: Montreal

Online: parlovr.com

About: Trio indie rock that seemed dedicated to re-creating the trio indie rock of my youth. The large, dry drums on their recordings make one think the guys have listened to many records produced by Steve Albini, especially that Breeders LP, except they also really like synths.

Could share a bill with: Ted Leo, Tokyo Police Club, the Kinks

Royal Canoe

From: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Online: www.royalcanoe.com

About: Another Canadian band that sounds like they bring a lot of things with them, and many of those things are keyboards and various hand percussion instruments.

Could share a bill with: Beck, the Shins, purchasing a warm hat

Shout Out Out Out Out

From: Edmonton, Alberta

Online: shoutoutoutoutout.com

About: Man alive, Canadians sure enjoy vintage, analog synths, those sorts of synthetic handclaps New Order really loved after hearing them in New York clubs, messed-with vocals and lots of drummers. The new album is called "Spanish Moss and Total Loss."

Could share a bill with: Kraftwerk, LCD Soundsystem, !!!