BEST NONE-OF-THE-ABOVE BAND

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Music -

BRO­KEN SO­CIAL SCENE Yeah, we know you’re sick of hear­ing about ev­ery time a mem­ber of Bro­ken So­cial Scene takes a dump or gets ar­rested, but the rea­son peo­ple can’t stop pay­ing at­ten­tion to Toronto’s pre­mier dys­func­tional fam­ily of a band is sim­ply cuz even when they’re pur­port­edly on the verge of col­lapse (which is of­ten), BSS is a beau­ti­ful study in barely or­ga­nized mu­si­cal chaos. Tee­ter­ing some­where be­tween druggy post-rock in­stru­men­tals, shim­mer­ing dream pop and accidentally hooky slacker rock, their songs threaten to self-de­struct live be­fore cat­a­pult­ing to strato­spheric heights. They’re fucked up, they’re drama queens, they’re the band most likely to in­cur the wrath of ir­ri­tated wait staff if they en­ter a restau­rant, and they might even be our gen­er­a­tion’s Grate­ful Dead – and we still love lis­ten­ing to them.

OS­CAR PETER­SON Toronto is burst­ing with top-notch ivory tin­klers, but none could say they’re as in­grained in the coun­try’s mu­sic his­tory as Os­car Peter­son. A jeal­ous vir­tu­oso might re­mind us that the Mon­treal-born leg­end’s had time to hone his skills. At it since 1940, he’s been a nat­u­ral since those early days, boasting ap­pear­ances on over 30 Vic­tor record­ings by 1950. Since then, he’s pretty much played ev­ery style, with ev­ery­one, ev­ery­where, on ev­ery la­bel. He de­vel­oped his own dis­tinct sound (bril­liant com­po­si­tions with a

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