Hopefully people took advantage of the day off and recovered after a terrific first four days of the RBC Bluesfest. Six more days to go. Tonight’s main headliners are retro rock bands, but we’re not going there on this list.

Jenny Lewis – 7:00 on the River Stage

Jenny Lewis has established herself as one of best leading ladies in indie rock, having fronted the popular Rilo Kiley and teaming up with the Watson Twins and partners Johnathan Rice as Jenny and Johnny. This time around, she’s touring as a solo artist with expectations heightened to hear what her forthcoming album, Voyager, which comes out July 29, will sound like. Will it be the shimmering pop of Rilo Kiley or the more folk-oriented sounds of her more recent projects? The first single, “Just One of the Guys”, is in between all three, kind of a Bright Eyes feel. Check out the indie rock idol’s show to hear more from her new album.

Made in Heights – 6:15 on the Black Sheep Stage

If you’re looking for something groovy and dreamy, check out Made in Heights. Comprising of the beautiful vocals of Kelsey Bulkin and the varied beats of Alexei Saba, the former NYC, now LA-based duo are making cool synth-electronic music. The music is lush and smooth. It’s music made for chilling out on the beach, by the pool, or in a club. Think of GEMS, BANKS, and Jessie Ware. Made in Heights might be on the hidden gems of the festival.


Tokyo Police Club – 6:00 on the Claridge Homes Stage

But if you’re looking for something a bit more upbeat and something more familiar, then you cannot go wrong with Canadian indie favourites, Tokyo Police Club. Since being founded back in 2005, the Toronto-based band has transformed itself from an indie rock, with a bit of punk, group to one that has become more pop oriented. The music is more polished, the harmonies are tighter, and the sound is catchier and groovier. However, the foursome hasn’t completely forgotten their punk-rock roots, as they can still lash out the guitars. Expect a high-energy, dance-filled show, which is a great way to back into the swing of things.

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