Selected by Dan Grunebaum


In addition to high-profile visitors like Alanis Morrissette and Neil Young, Japan has seen a steady flow of less well-known Canadian artists, including Godspeed You Black Emperor and DJ Richie Hawtin. An upcoming appearance by Sloan will offer a chance to see one of the country' most underrated rock bands and assess their new album, Between The Bridges.

Hailing from the unlikely location of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sloan launched their quixotic quest for fame at the Nova Scotia College of Art, where Andrew Scott (drums), Chris Murphy (bass), Patrick Pentland (guitar) and Jay Ferguson (guitar/vocals) were students.

True to their art school origins, Sloan's clever blend of Beatles-influenced guitar pop and the noisier aspects of indie rock stood out on their 1992 debut EP, Peppermint, recorded at a friend's house and released on their own Murderecords.

Coming to the attention of Geffen Records at Canada's East Coast Music Conference, Sloan made their major label debut with Smeared, an album that caught the attention of college radio in the US.

Twice Removed followed, demonstrating the band's growing songwriting prowess and the flavorful counterpoint of Pentland's raw guitar work and Ferguson's poppier vocals.

Following the album, the four members of Sloan went their separate ways for a period, reuniting in 1996 for One Chord To Another, this time for EMI. The album reestablished Sloan as crafty songwriters and masters of four-part harmony, attributes that continue to see them revered among a small but devoted fan base.

Navy Blues followed in 2000, setting the stage for this year's deliciously melodic Between The Bridges.


Sloan play Club Quattro on January 16-17.See listings for details.

Concert Listings
403: Sloan
402: Jamiriquoi


401: Park Tower Blues Festival
400: Mercury Rev
399: Bjork
398: The Isley Brothers
397: Janet Jackson


396: Ian Brown
395: Tortoise Orchestra
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana