The Dears & Annuals at Variety Playhouse on Friday
This Friday night at Variety Playhouse promises to be one heck of a show. Montreal's The Dears and Raleigh, North Carolina, band Annuals share the stage. By all accounts, both are great live bands touring to support very good albums. The Dears' Gang of Losers and Annuals' Be He Me each hit U.S. shelves back in October. Annuals also release a UK-only EP titled Big Zeus next Monday (1/29).
The pop/rock stylings of The Dears conjure thoughts of Blur or The Smiths at times, but also incorporate interesting instrumentation and soaring crescendos. Pitchfork name-dropped Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, and Animal Collective to characterize the sound of Annuals. While I'm not inclined to such hyperbole, they do strike me as a saner, more polished version of Ace Fu labelmates Man Man. However you want to describe them, I'll be there.
The Dears - Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe [from No Cities Left]
Annuals - Brother [from Be He Me]
Tickets to the Variety Playhouse show are available online.
Tour dates for both The Dears and Annuals are online at their respective sites.