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April 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

NO highlights Canadian indie label showcase at Barboza | Concert review

NO headlined the Arts & Crafts showcase at Barboza Saturday.

NO headlined the Arts & Crafts showcase at Barboza Saturday.

Maybe it was the blackberry cider from Capitol Cider across the street, or simply a momentary disorientation from the usual crush of Capitol Hill revelers, but it took a moment to get into Reuben and the Dark’s set Saturday night at Barboza.

The band, fronted by Calgary singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock, finally seemed to get going with “Standing Still,” hard-boiled and buzzing with thick bass, then elegant and redemptive.

Building on that success, “Rolling Stone” turned a cliche title and concept into an earworm you might catch on a TV show montage. Floor toms and a rocking banjo helped the song snarl, and Bullock’s surprisingly elastic voice assured that it eventually soared. Other songs, like “Shoulderblade,” allowed the band to catch its breath and even work in a fun R&B hook. 

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April 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Arts & Crafts invades Barboza tonight | Concert preview

The Darcys play Barboza Friday night.

The Darcys play Barboza Friday night.

Three intriguing acts from Canadian record label Arts & Crafts will cram themselves onto the stage at Barboza tonight in a lineup that should please a wide range of indie rock fans.

NO, Reuben and the Dark and The Darcys are all rising indie bands that fans should keep their eyes on, but it might be The Darcys’ brand of accessible, smart art rock that could end up being the highlight. Their third album, “Warring,” garnered a Juno award nomination for best alternative album, and that comes on the heels of “Aja,” a complete cover of Steely Dan’s jazz rock album. 

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