Calvin Love Arbutus Office, Montreal QC, September 28

Calvin Love Arbutus Office, Montreal QC, September 28
Photo: Steve Louie
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The sun poured behind him into the Arbutus office as Calvin Love played a set of his lighthearted guitar-based pop to a seated afternoon audience. With his voice filtered to a dry crackle through his microphone, his four-piece band (Love, a bassist, keyboardist and drummer) eased through an inviting set of melodic pop songs that make garage-lounge almost sound like a real genre. Tracks like "My Bones Dance for You" and "Magic Hearts," from 2012 LP New Radar featured added pep in a live setting, providing the ideal soundtrack to a lazy Saturday afternoon. What was to be the set's penultimate song was a new track destined for a Halloween-release seven-inch that sounded like a Goblin b-side, demonstrating Love and his band's ability to swap genres on a dime. Unfortunately, they were cut a track short, but despite the awkward ending, the band unplugged to deserved applause and a swathe of converted listeners.

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