Thursday, June 20

* Immersia at Bâtiment 7
* Afro-groove at Club Balattou
* Spencer Krug at Sala Rossa
* Dramatik at les Francos

Pop Montreal was magic

We’ve crawled out from under hangovers to report on only the most exceptional, mind-melting moments at Pop 2013.

Today’s Sounds: DJ Finish Him

Even though the bleeps and bloops of classic 8-bit chiptunery have had an undeniable effect on the current generation of pop music, and famed video game composers such as Koji Kondo (Super Mario, Legend of Zelda) and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) are finally getting their rightful due as master craftsmen, we’ve yet to see a video game soundtrack cross over into the mainstream (besides perhaps Portal’s “Alive”) immediately upon release.

Divine Fits’ Dan Boeckner on cities and supergroups

No one was too surprised when Wolf Parade parted ways. At Mount Zoomer and Expo 86 were good albums, but neither was as end-to-end exciting as Apologies to the Queen Mary was back in 2005. And when two very different side projects emerged, it was clear that the band’s primary songwriters, Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner, needed artistic outlets far apart from one another.