Photo by: Nicole Browner

Weekend – “Youth Haunts”

If 2009 is remembered as the year that put our budding garage rock scene on the map, 2010 will go down as the year our city proved we were no one trick musical pony. From the coldwave stylings of Tamaryn to the kraut-infused sound of The Soft Moon to the perennial chill of Blackbird Blackbird, critics across the tubes and beyond endlessly gushed over our city’s wide and varied musical landscape.

For me, no local band was more deserving of this new found attention than post-punk shoegazers Weekend. Since the first time I caught the band in action – ironically, their opening set at the sold out Dominant Legs + Woodsman + Young Prisms in early January was the first live performance I saw in the new year – I have simply been blown away. Their headlining performance at our party in July stands as one of the most memorable shows I have been involved with to date; “Coma Summer” and “Youth Haunts” rank amongst my year’s favorite jams and their debut LP Sports (Slumberland) has been in constant rotation since first dropping in November. These dudes have mastered the art of balancing noise with pop, and I look forward to their continued growth and success in 2011.

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