by Tiana Feng
Parallels @ The Drake Hotel 4/19/2013Last night the second Boston bomber was finally captured and coincidentally two of the three opening bands for Parallel’s early show were from the city.
Bearstronaut @ The Drake Hotel 4/19/2013
Kicking it off was Boston dance-rock band Bearstronaut. Their set was short and sweet, playing mostly tunes from 2012 EP Paradice. Their songs had an 80s vibe to them and were so bright it that made me pine for summer.

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The C'mons @ The Drake Hotel 4/19/2013
Following up was something a little different from Toronto’s The C’mons. Steph Bosch lended her powerful voice to some reverb filled alt-rock which included a violinist (Roslyn Green). They were pretty solid as a band shifting between tempos and levels of drama. “Paper Walls” was a noticeably emotional song.

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Animal Talk @ The Drake Hotel 4/19/2013
Getting things up to party mood once again was Boston’s Animal Talk. On stage they even acknowledged that we finally “caught the guy” and the mood was very celebratory. Lead singer Steven Kilgore’s voice drifted between a dancey falsetto to hook filled indie-rock.

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Parallels @ The Drake Hotel 4/19/2013
The lights dimmed down as Toronto synth-pop group Parallels took the stage. Holly Dodson gave a pretty solid vocal performance of their cutesy tunes which were synced to some flashy lights. I occasionally got distracted by drummer Nick Dodson who appeared to be telling her things awkwardly throughout the set. It was an early end to the night so Parallels (and most of the other bands) were cut-off short. The night ended as people were just beginning to loosen up and dance to Parallel’s tunes.
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Here’s a video of Parallels performing “Love & Devotion” last night: