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With Thunderbirds Are Now! and Coffinberry. Sunday, January 21, at the Grog Shop.


Once considered the Great Pop Hope From the Great White North, Sloan became one of Canada's most popular indie-pop bands during the '90s, but the Halifax quartet never duplicated that success here in the States -- even when crafting great albums like the Geffen-released Twice Removed in '94.

Since that time, indie-Canada has gone hipster, exporting such aspiring -- if at times overly precious -- acts as the New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, Stars, and a nerdy phenom by the name of the Arcade Fire.

Meanwhile, Sloan quietly stuck around, releasing disc after disc on its own Murder imprint. Its latest, Never Hear the End of It, delivers 30 cuts of immediate power pop, an album approach singer and guitarist Jay Ferguson recently called "an extremist's reaction to a singles culture." After surviving the big-time record biz, Sloan simply stays the course with harmony-heavy rock nicked from a lovingly worn British Invasion songbook.

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