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After seeing the latter singer's commanding performance with BSS at this year's Lollapalooza (not to mention her work on the amazing new Stars EP, Sad Robots), it's easy to imagine Powell might feel some pressure at the thought of trying to step up to the mic on the upcoming tour. When asked whether filling in for such big musical personalities was intimidating, she says, "Of course it is! Well, it was. But the band members did an incredible job at never entertaining my insecurities and so, like anything that doesn't get fed, they starved and eventually perished."
Land of Talk's new album, Some Are Lakes — which was produced by Justin Vernon, a.k.a. Bon Iver — definitely owes a lot to the collective nature of bands such as Broken Social Scene. (Especially because Powell is Land of Talk's only constant member, and she counts on collaborations with people like Vernon to help her realize its vision.) This is perhaps one of Broken Social Scene's greatest contributions to the indie music scene in general: It's changed the idea of what it means to be in a "band" and opened artists' minds to the idea of a constantly revolving door of musical contributions.
The BSS Presents series is simply the next step in the creative evolution of this collective of musicians who never seem interested in staying in one place creatively for too long. "I think it was just kind of the necessary evolution that was happening in this band," Canning says. "It was a chance to worry less about schedules of other people and focus on a more selfish project, but at the same time sticking with the Broken Social Scene ethos of just inviting your friends to come play music with you."
Indeed, even though fans might be anxious for the next proper BSS record, it's clear the group has no interest in overthinking where it's going in the future — perhaps because it's not sure either. "We've never been that calculated as far as what's coming next," Canning says. "It might improve the longevity of the band if we keep ourselves guessing a little bit."
9 p.m. Saturday, October 18. The Gargoyle, 6465 Forsythe Boulevard, on the campus of Washington University in Mallinckrodt Center. $5 for students, $20 for the general public.