PARLOVR NXNE, Toronto, ON June 17 to 21, 2009

"Val Kilmer? Dude, too soon." Okay, so PARLOVR's Alex Cooper admonished a fan, thinking that Val Kilmer was Heath Ledger, which adds a whole new twist to the Batman-Joker saga. With their explosive, quirky, punk-infused pop songs, this Montreal trio could believe Adam West played Catwoman and get away with it. Buzz-y in the underground, PARLOVR's jagged take on anthemic rock was a welcome jolt to the system.