The Juan Maclean NXNE, Toronto, ON June 17 to 21, 2009

Seeing The Juan Maclean at Tattoo Rock Parlour is a bit of a surreal experience. The faux-rockstar décor complete with in house tattoo shop just doesn't jive with the New York dance duo's vibe. But from the crack of the first beat, all was forgotten as Maclean and vocalist Nancy Whang delivered one of the most consistently awesome sets of the fest. Augmented by an extra keyboard player and a live drummer, the quartet sounded pristine, despite a visibly frustrated Maclean's issues with the in-house soundman.