It's a Canadian Invasion! Islands, Dan Mangan Announce St. Louis Shows

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Islands at Off Broadway in March 2008. More photos. - Nichole Torphea
Nichole Torphea
Islands at Off Broadway in March 2008. More photos.

The last time Islands played in St. Louis, at Off Broadway in March 2008, the Canadian kaleidoscopic pop-weirdos "showcased their diverse influences and tastes," said Keegan Hamilton. From that review:

The set opened with a handful of new, unreleased songs from their forthcoming album The Arm's Way (due out in May.) These were a cross between Van Halen and Johann Sebastian Bach -- classical time changes that retained their rollicking rock/pop melodies. On their 2006 album Return to Sea, the song "Where There's a Will There's a Whalebone," features an extended hip-hop verse, but last night, given the absence of contributing MC Subtitle, the song was rendered as straight-up rock & roll thanks the employment of a booming baritone sax.

Since Way, Islands has released another album, 2009's Vapours. Get caught up on the band's catalog on Friday, July 9, at the Firebird. Tickets are $12.

As for Dan Mangan:

Well, a friend of mine started freaking out after hearing that Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan is playing at the Old Rock House on August 22, opening for the Wooden Birds. (The latter band is a project of Andrew Kenny of the American Analog Set, and also features Matt Pond.) Mangan is a smart singer-songwriter who's been compared to Badly Drawn Boy, Bon Iver and Damien Rice. 2009's Nice, Nice, Very Nice is his latest LP. Here's a song from it called "Robots" -- and an article about the genesis of the song.

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