KIWI JR.: Football Money: CD

When I was growing up and getting into music, stuff like this was called college rock. In Eau Claire, Wis., my hometown, there was a college radio station. I would listen to it for hours, blaring jangly, angular stuff like this, but I was really just waiting for the DJ to drop a Bad Brains or Dead Kennedys song into the mix. I hated this kind of stuff. Over the years though, it’s grown on me and now I can appreciate Pavement and other bands that sound like Pavement. Lyrically, this band seems to do for Toronto what The Hold Steady does for Minneapolis. I think it’s cool to hear music that is rooted in a place. It just makes it more real to me. –Emma Alice Johnson (Mint)