Broken Social Scene

As far as number of members go, it's hard to say where you draw the line between "band" and "orchestral ensemble." Somewhere in that grey area lies Toronto's Broken Social Scene. Appearing in various configurations ranging anywhere between six and nineteen members onstage at a time, it's a bit of an understatement to say the band's sound is huge and sprawling. On their most recent release, May's Forgiveness Rock Record, Broken Social Scene is more focused than they've ever been, creating a record full of glowing sunshine that touches on the quirky grooves of Can and Os Mutantes. Equally comfortable writing driving rock anthems as they are with softly abstract meandering slow jams, Broken Social Scene is a perfect soundtrack for the party the night before and coming back from a hangover the morning after. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Fri., Oct. 15, 8 p.m., 2010

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