Maplewood Lane

While the country-tinged somnambulant styling of this Vancouver, BC band may not be advised late at night in a mugging hot venue, the vocals of lead singer Rebecca Rowan were sublime enough to make one easily forget about the circumstances. Somewhat mashed together on stage - the guitarist kept hitting Rowan with his guitar - they always seemed either uncomfortable or reluctant to truly take control of the show. Luckily, with Rowan's voice and slow building dynamics effortlessly hypnotising the audience, Maplewood Lane found their stride in the last couple of songs. Given more room to breathe, they delight easily.