The Darcys Lake Stage, Guelph ON, July 27

The Darcys Lake Stage, Guelph ON, July 27
Photo: Atsuko Kobasigawa
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The Darcys seem to keep getting better. Since releasing their first album for Arts & Crafts for free online, they've garnered attention for their full-album interpretation of Steely Dan's Aja and are now scheduled to release their third LP, Warring, in September. Their Saturday set on the Lake Stage showcased the band's musical prowess, demonstrating a refined ability to control noise. Each song ranged from quiet moments (even a cappella, courtesy of frontman Jason Couse at one point) to peaks of carefully calculated, effects-heavy noise. They delivered a solid set of material, including their excellent rendition of Steely Dan's "Home At Last." The highlight came right at the end of the set, however, as their final song morphed into modern Can-rock classic "Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright)" — a fitting tribute to the town that gave us the Constantines in the first place.

Check out our gallery of photos from Hillside 2013 here.