Is there something mean-spirited in pointing out the environmental dubiousness of eating cattle-based barbecue? Other than that, this New York magazinesponsored Highbrow BBQ looks promising: free beer, food, a cameo from Top Chefs Chris CJ Jacobson, and a set from Montreals anthem-pop collective Islands. The bands newest, Arms Way, takes the now-familiar Canadian route: strings, yelping, synthesizers, and lyrics about dying. Its all a bit goth for a daytime show out in the sun (should things go south, the rain dates tomorrow), but theres plenty of uplift lurking behind frontman Nicholas Thorburns falsetto flutteringlook to the glittery guitar sound.
Sat., Aug. 23, 1 p.m., 2008