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Broken Social Scene Smash Into Town



    Canadian collective Broken Social Scene is set to play the House of Blues on Oct. 20.

    The side-project-spawning supergroup is perhaps best known for its rotating cast of contributors, including Emily Hanes, of Metric; Amy Millan, of Stars; and Leslie Feist of, well, Feist. Core members Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning have also released well-received solo albums.

    And even though big names like Hanes, Millan and Feist have largely moved on, Drew and Canning have not stopped working. Broken Social Scene released Forgiveness Rock Record in May, and the John McEntire (Tortoise)-produced LP reached No. 34 on the U.S. charts. The album basically featured a new lineup for Broken Social Scene, although the three celebrated sirens weren't totally absent from the album: in a DeNiro/Pacino Godfather 2 moment, Feist, Hanes and Millan recorded a track together (albeit separately) for the first time in the band's history.

    Broken Social Scene just released a 7-inch vinyl split with current tourmates, the Sea and Cake (another McEntire project). You should be able to find copies of Curse Your Fail/Skies at the House of Blues or online.

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    Although it's highly unlikely that any of Broken Social Scene's big names will make an appearance on Oct. 20, don't let that stop you from attending. Band leaders Drew and Canning manage quite well on their own; as an added bonus, their producer/indie music hero McEntire will drum for them. Get your tickets here.

    T. Loper is a writer and photographer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.