Katie’s Daily NXNE 2014 Picks (this is a huge post)


Check out this handy Google map I created for all the venues in my concert picks.



FUTURE ISLANDS (Baltimore emotionally-charged 80s synth) – VICE ISLAND – 830pm


HORSE LORDS (Baltimore experimental kraut) – Adelaide Hall – 9pm


JOYWAVE (Rochester experimental beats) – Drake Underground – 9pm


TOBACCO (Pittsburg Gary Glitter on acid) – Massey Hall – 9pm


TUNE-YARDS (New York Haitian playful experimental) – Massey Hall – 10pm


SYLVAN ESSO (Durham electronic pop) – Drake Underground – 10pm


HOLYCHILD (Los Angeles brat pop) – Tattoo Rock Parlour – 11pm

Can’t catch them at NXNE? They’re coming back to Toronto on July 6th at Danforth Music Hall.

YOU’LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN (London, ON pop dreamscapes) – Silver Dollar – 11pm


MIMICO (Toronto proggy psych) – Baltic Ave – 12am


SHANNON & THE CLAMS (Oakland garage surf) – Lee’s Palace – 12am


MADE IN HEIGHTS (New York filth pop) – Hoxton – 1am

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Indie-licious Tues June 17th 2014 – Katie’s NXNE Picks


Today’s show features 100% NXNE artists!

1. Lost Something – Michael Rault
2. Adult Diversion – Alvvays
3. Avant Gardener – Courtney Barnett
4. Ode to Viceroy – Mac Demarco
5. Stay Awake – Ketamines
6. I’m No Good – King Creep
7. From Nowhere – Dan Croll
8. Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands
9. Digital Witness – St. Vincent
10. Tongues (ft. KOPPS) – Joywave
11. Pube Zone – TOBACCO
12. Coffee – Sylvan Esso
13. DEATH – Made In Heights
14. Space Throws – Delta Will
15. Boring Angel – Oneohtrix Point Never


Indie-licious Tues Dec 24th 2013

Painting by Natalya Lobanova (2012)

1. Song For Zula – Phosphorescent
2. Falling – HAIM
3. Big Talk – Teen
4. Hulahoop – Weaves
5. Edie’s Dream – Suuns
6. Tiptoes in the Parlor – Peals
7. Samurai – X Priest X
8. Hide Away – Hibou
9. Let’s Get Divorced! – Rec Centre
10. Feels Like Home – Total Warr
11. Murakami – Made In Heights
12. Devil Again – Thee Oh Sees
13. Muffin – Nanimal
14. Avant Gardener – Courtney Barnett


Courntey Barnett covers Kanye West’s BLKKK SKKKN HEAD

Note: I made some edits to the original post because I wasn’t aware of how charged a response people would have to the cover.  I’m still all for sharing both songs, I’ll leave you to make you decision on if you like her interpretation.

I found out about Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett from triple J radio, a great Australian station, if you haven’t checked it out, GO, you can listen live for free.

They have a ‘Like a Version’ segment on one of their shows that revolves around covers (like Abbe May’s cover of Genuine’s Pony).  Courtney Barnett chose to cover Kanye West’s BLKKK SKKKN HEAD (aka black skinhead), a bold choice.

When I saw that she was going for that song, I was wondering how this psychedelic, surf rock chick was going to manage a Kanye song — I mean I’m a huge fan of the original and how would she tackle some of those lyrics… ei yi yi.  Take a listen to both the cover and original below:

If you want to hear more music from Courtney Barnett, take a listen to her A Sea Of Split Peas EP below.

Every song sounds like it’s supposed to be in a surf movie, and I’m not mad at that.