March 23rd, 2009
I had a chance to check out the Dangerbird Records showcase and was pleasantly surprised by Australian quintet Dappled Cities. Combining a quirky yet commanding stage presence and hooky melodies reminiscent of Modest Mouse, Dappled Cities managed to entertain and impress. This band was seamless; they played a tight set of shimmery indie pop and reminded me that the Australian music scene is much more than just Silverchair and Kylie Minogue.
I wish I was as cool as No Kids front man Nick Krgovich. Formerly of Canadian indie gem ensemble Piano - Krgovich’s new project No Kids combines orchestral underpinnings with smooth RNB slow jams. Possessing an awkwardly endearing persona, Nick dances like a robot and croons like Phil Elvrum doing his best Mariah Carey impression. It’s hard not to smile during a No Kids set, they are the perfect blend of nerdy goodness, not to mention their 2008 release Come Into My House has been a mainstay on my record player.