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August 7th, 2012
So we covered it all for you at Osheaga this past weekend and now that we’ve had some time to sit back and reflect on the good, the bad and the muddy, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite performances at the festival. If you ever get the chance to catch any of these bands, we highly recommend you jump at the opportunity – these all get the MUCH stamp of approval!
When you listen to Sigur Ros, it’s like listening to the soundtrack of every beautiful movie you’ve ever seen. Therefore, catching this Icelandic band just as the sun began to set at Osheaga couldn’t have been more picture perfect. There’s an emotional quality behind their wall of ambient rock that can move many people to tears – us included – and is not only something we recommend you put on and listen to at home, but also catch it live to really soak it all in. Sure, their music is sung in a combination of Icelandic and a made-up language the band created, but sometimes, the music just speaks for itself and man, does Sigur Ros’ music say some powerful things to us.
Toronto indie-rockers Metric have definitely been poised for large stadium and festival crowds for quite some time now, but if their Osheaga set was any indicator, we think it’s their time to really shine. With no shortage of crowd-pleasing anthems – Youth Without Youth, Gimme Sympathy, Dead Disco – Metric has all the ingredients for a successful rock show. Plus, lead singer Emily Haines is pretty much one of the most captivating frontwomen in the Canadian music scene right now – when she gives you her wide-eyed, borderline-crazy looks, you’re both insanely intimidated and immediately drawn in.
Florence and the Machine
As we mentioned in our daily recaps, no one embraces the festival season quite like Florence Welch does. Florence and the Machine’s dramatic pop anthems are stuff festival dreams are made out of. When Welch belts out those hits, that voice will hit every surface of the festival ground, almost knocking you over with her powerful voice. There’s a light-hearted spirit in Welch who plays around onstage and really reminds us that festivals are supposed to be a ridiculously fun time and a place free of everyday burdens; there, we get to let loose, have fun and not be afraid to get a little sweaty and gross because, underneath that floor-length gown, we’re fairly certain that Florence is breaking a sweat as well.
Sometimes you don’t realize how much you’ve missed a band till you see them play for the first time in years. The last time we saw Franz Ferdinand was back in 2009 when they released their album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand and since then, the band has apparently been working on new material (though none were played in their set at Osheaga) and, in lead singer Alex Kapranos’ case, growing one fine moustache (seriously, look at photos – that’s a serious ‘stache!). Are we currently blasting Take Me Out on repeat? You bet!
If you haven’t listened to Swedish electro-pop band Little Dragon yet, stop reading this list and YouTube a song right now. This list is reaching its end anyway, we give you permission to leave! There’s a fantastic balance of soft, soothing vocals and hard-hitting electronic beats and rhythms that just yields something magically addictive when you hear Little Dragon and not only is it super infectious but their set at Osheaga this past weekend started one of the wildest dance parties of the night.