Elephant Stone NXNE, Toronto, ON June 17 to 21, 2009

Montreal's Elephant Stone showed why they're creating a buzz. They're fronted by multi-instrumentalist Rishi Dhir, whose warm vocals meshed nicely with the band's guitar-and-keyboard-driven sound. Dhir's forays on sitar added to the trippy, psychedelic flavour, though they diffused some of the impact of their big and booming final song.