Best Sweetest Indie-Pop Bliss: Alvvays
"It's a pleasure to be here. We're here to rock!" said Alvvays lead singer Molly Rankin as they kicked off their Friday afternoon main stage set. As the sun finally broke through the clouds on what had been an overcast day, it felt as if the Canadian indie-pop band were changing the very weather by exuding sheer bliss.
The set balanced songs from 2017's Antisocialites – from the sugary, danceable "Lollipop" and "Saved by a Waif" to the pensive "Dreams Tonite" – with favorites from their self-titled 2014 debut, including "Archie, Marry Me" and "Next of Kin." With just the right amount of joy, quirk and twee, Alvvays gave the crowd what felt like the promise of a romantic summer. S.B.