Montreal QC September 25 to 28

This smart synth trio was part of the hometown show organised by the often-snipe-y message board and it showed. AVM can boast some good melodies and Peter Hook-meets-Style Council bass lines, but by complaining that your artist wristband kept you locked out of the sold-out Broken Social Scene show, dumping on weekly whipping boys Sloan and being really proud of the fact that one of your songs quotes a Pavement lyric doesn’t make you cooler-than-thou; it’s just high school.