The Disraelis Toronto ON, March 11 to 14

When nu-gaze displaced post-punk revival as the faux-genre du jour (you didn't know?), someone thankfully forgot to tell the Disraelis. Taut and serious, the trio's late Silver Dollar show evoked a range of well-dressed heavy-hitters, like the Fall and Chameleons, while touching on the Cure (see the jangly guitar on "Distance") and even Psychedelic Furs (see "In Memory"). However, tempering the gravitas with occasional jaunty bass lines or danceable breakdowns, they created a fresh concoction that embraced its influences without ironically winking at or outright parroting them. And for that they scored a deserving though rare CMW encore.