Battle of 77 by Sunparlour Players, from Wave North (Outside)
"One road, two farms, two families up in arms." Andrew Penner's gently surging trio makes like a dustier, bearded Arcade Fire, telling an allegorical story about folks who fight - for what, nobody's sure.
Why Wonder? by the Novaks, from Things Fall Apart (Sonic)
Does this hard-riffing Newfoundland band rock? What would Tom Petty in leather pants sound like? Wonder no more.
Shadows by Au Revoir Simone, from Still Night, Still Light (Our Secret)
Shimmering, downcast pop from a Casio-loving girl group. She's moving on, but will her melancholic boy come with?
Brand New Blues by Cyril Neville, from Brand New Blues (M.C.)
Just when he thought he'd paid all his dues, here comes some fresh new blues - "you know it's true!" sing the soul sisters. On tasty slice of southern-fried, languorous funk, a Neville bro' gets it from all sides.