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created on 08/09/2011  |  http://fubar.com/wmldswlxh/b342831

Night four of POP Montreal saw various heavyweight headliners playing simultaneously, forcing concertgoers to make some tough decisions. Chromeo, Andrew W.K., Laura Marling and Yuck were all must-see acts, but until they invent cloning machines, music festivals will just be that difficult. Grunge-pop rockers Yuck won the draw, taking their musical cues from '90s garage-rock acts left and right. The much-buzzed-about UK four-piece are timid and laid-back onstage, but what they lack in personable energy they made up for by creating the perfect slacker rock for this decade. Bringing back the best of the '90s, Yuck is often reminiscent of Superchunk and Pavement. "Thank you, we're Yuck, as you can tell from the banner," guitarist Max Bloom said, pointing out the hand-painted sign hanging behind them. Bloom, bassist Mariko Doi and singer Daniel Bloomberg also donned head-to-toe denim, probably an unplanned decision. While Bloom and Doi maintained a nonchalant posture, sacs louis vuitton Bloomberg's awkward hunch as he sings songs like 'Milkshake' and 'The Wall' was quite the caricature to watch. Amid wailing guitars and distortion to spare, Bloomberg pushes a melody across that's both simple yet effectively infectious. Listen to the hype: This band is onto something. Earlier that day, the first annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game took place. Organized with the help of the Arcade Fire, a team of musicians -- Win and Will Butler of the Arcade Fire, most notably, as well as Graham Van Pelt, aka Miracle Fortress, and Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend -- faced off against the basketball team of McGill University to raise money for the non-profit organization DJ Sports Club. As we all know, Win Butler is a force both athletically and musically. (What can't he do?). With the help of additional players such as NBA veteran Matt Bonner, Team Pop took home the trophy with a close win of 106-100. ("As you can see, we have some jocks on our team ... but that's cool; we really wanted to win," Butler jokingly told the crowd.) Butler played confidently but also showed his humorous side, trying to distract his opponents during free throws by dancing and getting the audience to boo. The lightheartedness of the players on the court was nice to see, as we don't often see it onstage. Music throughout the game was provided by Win's wife, Regine Chassagne, and DJ Kid Koala, and the halftime show was presented by another Arcade Fire member, Richard Reed Parry. With a slight delay before Parry's show, Butler took the chance to rile up the audience with some karaoke, but after he failed to find someone to sing the entirety of Queen's 'We Will Rock You,' he resorted to performing it himself. Grabbing his brother from the bench, he also offered an impromptu Christmas medley that the Butler boys apparently did as kids. Needless to say, fans got a good laugh out of it. Parry's project DRONES/Revelations premiered as a bicycle symphony, with riders and rollerbladers circling the court, some holding boomboxes, others rocking strapped-on amps. For about 20 minutes, the cyclists and skaters layered dark, ambient sounds. With the exception of one incident where a rollerblader accidentally kicked over the wagon of amps she was pulling, Parry's project was a success, bringing the strangest halftime show a sports event will ever witness.

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