Switches Nothing seemed more fitting to mark my debut of covering an Albertan festival by checking out a 95.3 Peak Showcase. The local adult-alt station hosted a stellar line up of Albertan acts at the Palamino. I had to rush to the venue to make it in time for the last two acts. How do you like your punk served? Switches cooks it up with psychedelic overtones, women power and quirky charm. It didn’t take too long for the crowd to buy into their songs about drinking beers with buddies or falling in love with aliens. While you may smirk at the lyrics, the band’s brilliant musicality was no joke. Tara McMahon wailed like a punk rock princess. The supporting cast of Marlaena on bass, Tamar on drums and Stefan (the lonesome dude) on keys sounded like a well rehearsed unit, despite being a band of only few years. They also earned top marks for a grungy cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’. Remember that scene in Mean Girls where Lindsay Lohan shows up to Regina’s Halloween Party dressed like a scary witch instead of the expected slutty bunny. There was nothing wrong with her outfit. It just didn’t fit considering everything else. Beach Season was the Lindsay Lohan of the showcase. The R&B flavours initially didn’t blend in too well at a venue more associated with loud guitars than thumping beats. Regardless, Samuel Avant and Simon Blitzer continued seducing those around with their hip-hop influenced rhythms and falsetto croons. The mellowed out cover of Drake’s ‘How about Now’ was remarkably soothing. Put them in a nightclub amidst the haze of second-hand weed, and that should make for a better Beach Season experience.