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Half Moon Run is all about light rock and haunting harmonies

Half Moon Run is a band breaking old ground in new ways.

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The name of the band sounds like a Tom Petty album title or perhaps a folksy Maritimes-set television series, but Half Moon Run is neither of those things. It is, instead, a Montreal-based quartet that dabbles in passionate light rock and haunting harmonies, that believes in the power of quiet grandness and that has perhaps studied the subtleties of Fleet Foxes and Barr Brothers music. Its second album is Sun Leads Me On, a collection of earnest moments, late-summer sentiments and beer-buzzed realizations. Wheat beer, I would guess, with lemon. "Everybody wants to be someone new, everybody needs to be somewhere else," Devon Portielje croons on the hypnotic Everybody Wants. "To fit right in, to be ordinary but not the same." Mission accomplished for Half Moon Run, a band breaking old ground in new ways. Half Moon Run plays Massey Hall on Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $18.94 to $39.50. 178 Victoria St., 416-872-4255 or

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