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Cousins, Teenanger, Crocodiles 

Bye, Toronto!

click to enlarge Cousins, feat. Pat Ryan's glowing eyes - STEPHANIE JOHNS
Saturday the Halifax Pop Explosion NXNE Showcase (Dance Movie, Glory Glory, Jon Mckiel and Cousins) went down in a wonderfully cold goth bar on Queen, The Velvet Underground.

Dance Movie played to a mostly Haligonian crowd. I made only minimal mistakes on bass. Everyone else made no mistakes.

I had great visits with family and friends and got to see Cousins too. There were a few minor microphone issues at the beginning of the set, but that resulted in Aaron losing it on the drums in frustration. Talk about taking lemons, eh? If I could give out keys to the city, I'd give Cousins one. They are a gem of a band.

click to enlarge Teenanger - STEPHANIE JOHNS

After an unsuccessful attempt to double on my giant friend Alan's bike, we walked to the Silver Dollar room to see Teenanger and Crocodiles. Teenanger are so mind-blowingly awesome. If the style of music I like could be distilled into a super powerful elixir, it would be like Teenanger got drunk on a whole bottle of it.

click to enlarge Red, red Crocodiles. I don't know how to use cameras properly - STEPHANIE JOHNS
  • Red, red Crocodiles. I don't know how to use cameras properly
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Crocodiles played next and even though I have never said this in real life and will continue to avoid saying it, I don't think there is a better way to describe them other than "locked into a groove." I have never seen a band be more into it, I swear. It was a little theatrical for my liking, but the music was great. It was a nice wind-down from a weekend like this. Bye, Toronto! Have a cool summer, don't change, remember the good times in biology class and STAY FRESH.

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