Boxer the Horse El Mocambo, Toronto ON June 14

Boxer the Horse El Mocambo, Toronto ON June 14
The Animal Farm allusion and scrappy guitars aside, PEI's Boxer the Horse aren't particularly interested in creating a proletarian sound. Instead, the outfit delivered a bouncy set that was heavily indebted to acts like Ted Leo and Pavement (i.e., it was at once buoyant, amiable and wry). A twilight slot in a perpetually dark venue, it injected a well-timed dose of sunshine, especially highlights "Karen Silkwood" -- all winding guitars and jangly choruses -- and quick-hitter "Bridge to the USA." The left-field Edwyn Collins cover probably could have been relegated to sound check, though.