In December, locals Blood Pony opened for the Rural Alberta Advantage and the Shaky Hands at Off Broadway. The sextet's vibrant indie-pop fit perfectly alongside the rickety charm of the former and the classic-rock-leaning propulsion of the latter. Vocalist Jim Walker, although at times wavering around the correct note, crooned like a worldly Conor Oberst, as insistent guitars swirled around him; trombone, violin and other twinkling percussion further added color and whimsy. Blood Pony's debut EP, Kissing Cities, is a good representation of its live sound; its well-constructed songs ebb, flow and crescendo in all the right places.
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