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The Dears emerged out of the early 2000s Canadian indie renaissance, cementing their orchestral pop-noir sound with celebrated debut album End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story in 2000. In 2001 and 2002, they released the EPs Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique and Protest, as well as a collection of unreleased songs, Nor the Dahlias. In 2003 they released their second full-length album, No Cities Left. Then a string of highly anticipated shows at SXSW 2004 launched their international career. Gang of Losers was released in 2006, was well received by the press, and shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. A tumultuous transitory period followed. The Dears emerged, stolid, with another meticulously crafted classic, Missiles in 2008, and later 2011’s Degeneration Street. Times Infinity Volume One in 2015 marked the band’s return to active duty, with Times Infinity Volume Two following in 2016.