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POP Montreal 2013: The Poppers’ Picks

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The 2013 edition of POP Montreal is just about a month away, happening Sept. 25-29 in venues across the beautiful Quebec metropolis. We’ll have a preview of the festival in our Sept./Oct. 2013 issue, but in the meantime, the fine folks working tirelessly behind the scenes to make POP really pop gave us the inside scoop on some of the soon-to-be-well-known breakthrough artists selected to showcase at this year’s festival.

It’s a mighty diverse list of styles, but one that’s already led to some repeat listens around our office, so do check them out. (And where did these Look Vibrant fellas come from. Wow.)

Without further ado, have a look at the Poppers’ picks:

Look Vibrant
http://lookvibrant.bandcamp.com
“These guys could be the greatest band in the world. Get in early. Trust me.”
Daniel Seligman, Co-Founder & Creative Director

WAGWAK
http://wagwak.bandcamp.com
“Because they’re the best thing to come out of Korea since kimchi.”
Aaron Smith, Financial Officer & Ticketing Director

Foe Destroyer
http://foedestroyer.bandcamp.com
“From Austin/Philly. Rad “nerd grunge thrash pop” with uniquely awesome vibes.”
Eileen English, Listening Session Coordinator

Cakes da Killa
http://mishkanyc.bandcamp.com/album/the-eulogy
Everything about Cakes is big – big sound and big lyrics to match a big personality. It’s gritty but fun. See how much I like fun? FUN!”
Marie-Pier Gagnon, Media Relations Assistant

koko
http://koko1.bandcamp.com
“This local punk band has got a lot of heart. Behind their rough garage sound lies a strong sense of melodies and compelling stories.”
Demi Begin, Programming Assistant

CRi
http://crimusic.bandcamp.com
“What you would want to listen to at 5 a.m. after dancing all night under the stars.”
Sarah Shoucri, Media Relations Manager

Beta Frontiers
http://betafrontiers.com
“Nebulous in terms of adhering to a genre, these Toronto kids have a sound laden with bouncy synths and slightly harsher, sassier vocals all mixed together into a mighty fine lo-fi pop/electro/hip-hop whole.”
Tim Forster, Symposium Assistant

Dorothea Paas
http://dorotheapaas.bandcamp.com
“Prolific maker of fuzzy bedroom pop recordings with the Joni Mitchell pipes and intricate songcraft to back it up.”
Tessa Smith, Puces POP Director & Espace POP Manager

Pat Jordache
http://patjordache.bandcamp.com
“They’re just great! And really nice guys, too.”
Hilary Leftick, Executive Producer

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