Broken Social Scene at Revolution, February 12

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Broken Social Scene
Revolution, Fort Lauderdale
Saturday, February 12, 2011

Check out a slideshow from the concert here.

Canadian indie rockers Broken Social Scene attracted a dynamic and lively crowd to the tightly packed Revolution in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday night. The band, which could also be known as a rotating musical collective, brought ten pleasantly talented and enthusiastic musicians to the stage for a phenomenal performance -- fronted by the always present founding members Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning.
The set started off gracefully with the classic "KC Accidental," leading into a clear-cut "Texico, Bitches," a song that drew excitement from both the crowd and the band -- enough that Canning, sliding across the set list taped to the floor, toppled over backwards. Broken Social Scene are one of the only bands that can successfully pull off three guitars -- where each chord is intricately woven together in a sort of hypnotic and beautifully repetitious fashion -- and this certainly was happening on stage.
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Don't worry, Brendan Canning was all right after taking a huge digger.

The band played a variety of songs, mixing the set up with older hits such as "Anthems For a Seventeen Year Old Girl," "Cause = Time," and "Lover's Spit" from 2002's You Forgot It in People, as well as a memorable and very well-executed "World Sick" and "Sweetest Kill" from their newest album Forgiveness Rock Record. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that this band loves their crowd - Kevin Drew constantly charming us between songs and at some point had the crowd chanting along "Fuck you, I won't do what you told me!" taken from Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name."
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Before the band ended their set (or so we thought), they played a song called "Canada," possibly to pay homage to their roots or to their fellow countrymen/"snow birds" hibernating in South Florida for the winter. Just when the encore appeared to be wrapping up, Broken Social Scene basically decided they were not willing to exit the stage. The ten members performed another seven or eight songs -- including a calm and melodic version of "Looks Just Like the Sun," "Shampoo Suicide," and the ever-so-popular "Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)." During the encore (which really was a second set in its entirety), the crowd seemed so enthralled in the music that the band probably could have played well past the venue's closing time, and nobody would have minded.

Critic's Notebook

Overheard In The Crowd: "Who is the 'Feist' chick with the rat's nest hair?" -- A local South Florida band member that shall remain anonymous, in reference to Lisa Lobsinger.

Random Detail: Kevin Drew was sporting a bad ass fedora that I kept hoping would fall off his head and into my hands.

Personal Bias: I missed Broken Social Scene when they played in Pompano two years ago and I've literally been waiting 26 months for them to come back to get my fulfillment. My fulfillment was more than met.

Set List

KC Accidental

Texico Bitches

7/4 (Shoreline)

Fire Eye'd Boy

Forced To Love

All To All

Stars and Sons

Cause = Time

Sweetest Kill

Art House Director

Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl


World Sick

Lover's Spit

Ungrateful Little Father


Meet Me In The Basement

Looks Just Like The Sun

Water In Hell

Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries

Shampoo Suicide

Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)


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Location Info


Revolution Live

100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

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Ugh, wish I'd went. Good review, nonetheless.


I was at the Ft. Lauderdale show on 2/12/2011....I'm 55, been to a million shows....I saw Arcade Fire in a small club ( Stubbs) in Austin, Tx., seen Dave Matthews many times....In my opinion, BSS, Dave Matthews Band & Arcade Fire are the 2 most exciting & creative bands out there....They didn't do 'Almost Crimes' which I thouughtt would be an automatic...The next to last song they performed, the singer said was only performed at Ft laud gig & I don't know the name....It was my hilite even though every note was amazing...Does anyone know the title of that next to last song they did? The sound was perfect as always at Club Revo & was blown away by this band...


I would like to know what kind of instrument Brendan Canning was blowing into on a couple of songs. It looked like a cross between one of those hand-held electronic keyboards from the '80's and a breathalyzer.


I tried writing down the names of all the songs as they played but towards the end of the show I was way too into the music, and kind of lost track. It might have been "Shampoo Suicide," which has long been one of my favorite Broken Social Scene songs. See if this is it:


Ashley....You're right, it was Shampoo Suicide...The entire 22 song set list is posted on best viewing spot at Revo is on the stairs which is on the right when facing stage....It's elevated so you're eye level to the stage & it juts out toward stage so it's perfect...My g/f is like 5 ft 1 & saw perfect, no obstructions...Revo has such perfect acoustics...I saw BSS 2 yrs ago in Pompano....They were great but Revo is better soundwise....Thanks for responding..........Steve

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