- Attack of the bearded big faces!
Canadian indie-rockers the Most Serene Republic have never been conventional. Their first two records of sprawling progressive indie-pop were solid but forgettable. Last year’s ... And the Ever Expanding Universe is better, but not much. On the album’s first four songs, the band repeats past sonic highlights. But they switch gears in “The Old Forever New Things.” Adrian Jewett and Emma Ditchburn’s tandem vocals hit on something that's in the same vein as fellow Canucks Broken Social Scene. It’s an enchanting and mystical number accentuated by Nick Greaves’ banjo. And in “Don’t Hold Back, Feel A Little Longer,” the band branches out in a more synthy direction. Expect to also hear a few tracks from Fantasick Impossibliss, the band’s just-released digital EP, when it plays the Grog Shop at 10 p.m. Annuals, What Laura Says, and Gregory & the Hawk are also on the bill. Tickets: $10. —Jeremy Willets