Braids (may be) coming to town, Pat Jordache expected to make it

It’s the much-anticipated gig that may yet not come to pass.

Braids will be at the Pawn Shop on September 19. The Montreal quartet (originally from Calgary) released one of the more talked about albums of the year, “Native Speaker” (which has been long-listed for the Polaris Prize) earlier this year, and was supposed to play at the same venue March 31, but had to cancel when vocalist Raphael Standell-Preston came down with bronchitis.

The Polaris Prize Gala is the same night as the new show, however, so if the band makes the short list, which wouldn’t surprise most music fans and critics, the band may have to cancel this date as well.

California’s Pepper Rabbit, another band receiving a lot of buzz throughout the blogosphere, and who was last in Edmonton opening for Rural Alberta Advantage, is scheduled to open for Braids.

Meanwhile, Montrealer Pat Jordache (pictured) , with his renowned brand of cerebral noise-pop, is also coming to town. Jordache was in a band called Sister Suvi until fellow member Merill Garbus departed for the west coast to focus on her own project, tUnE-yArDs (whose album we reviewed in April). Jordache started working on his own as a soloist, resulting in the album “Future Songs”, which was re-issued on April 26 by Constellation Records. He’s playing Sled Island in Calgary later in the week, but this Tuesday (June 21) will find him playing a set at Wunderbar in Old Strathcona.

Michael Senchuk also writes about new music on his own blog, New Music Michael.