photos by Ryan Muir

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

Clues

Then, rising Montreal outfit Clues gave a packed house of industry insiders a glimmer of this city's future sound. Fronted by the confident falsetto of Alden Penner (formerly of eccentric indie act Unicorns) and also led by Brendan Reed, who used to drum in Arcade Fire and Think About Life, these five indie kids channeled Led Zeppelin's guitar grooves, Vampire Weekend's poppy song structure and Sunset Rubdown's angular vocals and unpredictable soundscapes.

Just two years after their very first live show, which actually took place at Pop Montreal 2007, Clues have honed their chemistry and sharpened their sound. Those who missed the band live should consider, ahem, searching around for their self-titled debut which their hip hometown imprint Constellation Records released earlier this year. [Spinner]

The show being reviewed is the BrooklynVegan showcase that happened at this year's Pop Montreal festival in October, where Clues shared a bill with Micachu. Clues also taped some Take Away shows with Vincent Moon (pictured above) for La Blogoteque during the festival. Those videos with more pictures from both events, below...

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Take Away Show - FME Sessions - Clues #1 from Nathanaël Le Scouarnec on Vimeo.

Take Away Show - FME Sessions - Clues #2 from Nathanaël Le Scouarnec on Vimeo.