The Sonics NXNE, Toronto, ON June 17 to 21, 2009

Watching the Sonics walk onstage was like sitting in the showroom of a casino – a group of 60 year-old men sauntering on stage, sporting over-sized black blazers and leather jackets over t-shirts to cover up their aging guts. But by the time guitarist Larry Parypa finished his first sludgy riff, the Tacoma, WA proto-punk Gods basically rendered Mudhoney and every other grunge era band irrelevant. They delivered one of the loudest sets of the festival and had everyone, young and old shouting along to classic covers like Little Richard's "Lucille" and timeless originals like "The Witch."