With apologies to Brian Beutler for stealing his title, he reminded me that I really ought to plug my friend Charles' band, the City Veins pictured above playing at the Velvet Lounge on Friday (photo taken on my iPhone, naturally).
They're quite good, in my view, and also have a properly updated blog, not like one of these bands that says they're going to do a blog and then doesn't really follow-through. Even better, you don't need to take my word for it, since you can download their album here for free -- all you need to take my word on is the idea that you should should click the link and listen to a free EP.
Also, Le Loup, another local band I went to see recently is worth a bit of your time. No free downloads, but you can listen to a few songs here. Given the name, I feel they ought to be located in Montreal with We Are Wolves and Wolf Parade, but I guess some things don't work out the way I'd like.