Never heard the openers, but for $3, how can you resist the antsy electro-pop of Canada's Winter Gloves? Their debut, About A Girl, is one of the best surprises of 2009. Give the hazy synth a chance to win you over on the twitchy "Invisible".
We learned of this one from Chicago's own Canasta, who serves up the opening sonic bliss. Having discovered them at a dive bar opening for 2 AM Radio a few years ago, they are a constant reminder to never be late for a show. For every horrible opening band that sends you packing to the bar to get out of earshot, there is a band like Canasta that you will be glad you stood around early for. The little we've heard of Field Music sounds as if they are a good match for Canasta's killer brand of orchestral indie pop. If you have not yet heard "Slow Down Chicago", stop reading now and go find it!