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The singer had a guitar around his neck that Jack White would proudly sling.


Firebird, St. Louis

On a muggy Saturday night, Islands and Teen played a show for an excited crowd at Firebird. Teen was an interesting band, peopled of all females who originally hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia. They played a spirited show of ’90s-inspired rock tunes. The singer had a staggering vocal range and never hit a sour note, and from time to time, she’d strap on a Les Paul and play with reckless abandon. The rest of the set was full of keyboard and strongly played bass guitar. They were a nice surprise of an opening act.

The headliners, Islands, also originally hailed from the Great White North—Quebec, to be more specific. They released their first album in 2006 and haven’t looked back. Their set was full of synth-y keyboards, loops, and some interesting guitar work. The singer had a guitar around his neck that Jack White would proudly sling. He stalked the stage and used a strong falsetto singing voice.

Instead of traditional guitar solos, Island played high-pitched chord melodies. The keyboardist also picked up vintage Fender guitar and joined in the fun. Throughout the night, his high level of talent was revealed. The band as a whole was tighter than most I’ve seen; not once did I hear an off note, a flub, or any musical errors. All in all, they put on an entertaining show that shouldn’t be missed for any fans of ’90s-styled rock. | Nik Cameron

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