Poorfolk Toronto ON June 7 to 9

Having shed most of the baggage of his former band the Marato, vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Pearce redefines his acoustic solo project into a quartet that rocks harder live than on record. The gentle acoustic underpinnings of the self-titled CD are replaced with dual electric guitar chatter that raises the volume and the attitude. Sounding like a bastard offspring of Rheostatics and the Futureheads, Poorfolk deliver an interesting and brave interpretation of pop music with rich vocal harmonies sprinkled on top. Pleasant and inventive.