This Thursday, November 16th, Montreal indie pop outfit Men I Trust will be playing their biggest show yet in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, when they headline the 2,500-capacity Franklin Music Hall. However, we’re just as excited about fellow Montreal indie poppers TOPS, best known for their ability to reiterate for millennial hipsters just what can be so gosh-darn lovable about classic soft rock, who will be opening the show. The last time we saw TOPS was in October of 2021, at a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s, with the band just a few shows out of lockdown, finally getting to tour their fourth LP, the hyper-dreamy I Feel Alive, which dropped in April of 2020… Since then, TOPS released 5-song EP Empty Seats, which dropped last May, and featured four previously released singles, in addition to latest single, “Janet Planet,” a silky-smooth new wave ballad, which opens with the charmingly hopeless, “what’s it feel like to win // at the end of a wasted day?” TOPS’ 40-45-minute support sets for Men I Trust have been opening with the track, followed by a survey of tracks from three of the band’s four LPs, in addition to a handful of standalone singles. Between TOPS keyboardist Marta Cikojevic recently starting a solo career, as Marci, and the band making rare appearances in the 215 to begin with, I would highly recommend getting tickets and showing up early to catch their set.
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