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.


 

THURSDAY

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

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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

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Musicians I love (and my own creative existential crisis)

Lately I’ve been struggling with creative inspiration.

I’ve been late to reply to emails, shoddy at fulfilling writing commitments, sluggish to decide on music submissions, and absent on my own podcast. I haven’t written a song in months, my journal pages have been blank since January, my mixed media project is 75% complete, and I have a stack of unread library books by the front door. The other day, I couldn’t decide on a movie so I just watched an hour and a half worth of trailers, most of which were from the 80’s and 90’s (I came this close to watching Working Girl).

Basically, I feel mentally bankrupt and the only thing that I can muster up the energy to do is put on my blank, anonymous artist’s glaze and sketch strangers on the subway. At least in crowded café and clustered streetcars, I feel like no one is expecting anything, no one is judging, no one is watching with a critical eye.  I am finally free in an outlet all my own.

As many of you know, Sasha and I celebrated our blog’s fourth birthday this month, and with that came the realization that with much potential comes missed opportunity. I was reviewing past posts and wondering, “Could you have tried harder here? Could you have written more, explored this discography in greater depth? Could you have done a custom illustration for this feature? Could you have agreed to that interview?” A more ambitious version of myself is kicking the sandwich out of my current’s self’s hands.

Sometimes I wonder how other bloggers & journos do it. How does one wrap 1000+ neat words into a pithy post complete with a pleasantly drôle yet incisive b&w sketch? I feel like I need to learn Adobe Illustrator and a billion other complex design programs (as well as five coding languages) just to stay relevant.

What can I offer at the party? A side-scrolling verbal wrap-up of current events? A dumb and erratic dance sequence? Crumbs on my tits?

At this point, I’m looking for something to inject me with a sense of purpose. But for now, since this is a music blog, I want to clean out the inbox. That’s mainly the point of these Grab Bag Posts – it’s my effort to stay on top of things (failing miserably). One day, I will find the right balance of posting exactly what I want and honouring our obligation to undiscovered musicians. I am searching for it every day.

Sometimes I consider yanking down our blog email address, but then I wouldn’t have met the absolutely LOVELY GEMS of First Rate People, Delta Will, Walrus, Sheepman, High Diner, The Planes, The Blank Tapes, Ketamines, Jay Arner, Faux Fur, Michael Rault, The Dirty Nil, Yoofs, Lost On Purpose, Adam Torres, plus people like Leaning Trees RecordsGraveyard Orbit, Mike of My Boy The Riot Girl, Jason of Astral Travelling, ect.

So this post goes out all of you who have connected with me as a human idiot, or with Music Between Friends. I think of all the genuinely cool people that I’ve had the chance to meet, and I am glad.

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Indie-licious Tues Apr 1st 2014 + Delta Will Ticket Giveaway

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happy April Fool’s Day, ya’ll

1. Oh Cecilia – Born Ruffians
2. We Are The Rain – Flyte
3. Vocal Chords – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
4. Talk Is Cheap – Chet Faker
5. One Half – Julianna Barwick
6. To Lose – Oceaán
7. It All Glows – Delta Will
8. Heartless – Sean Nicholas Savage
9. Love Me If You Find The Time – Fatch.
10. Never Love – Lxury
11. Tamb Beat – RED
12. Curtains?! – Timber Timbre
13. Cadillac Desert – William Tyler
14. Holy Ghost – Delta Will
15. Delorean Dynamite – Todd Terje

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Retweet w/ hashtag #DeltaWillYouShowMeAGoodTime or email musicbtwfriends@gmail.com to win 2 tickets (plus 2 EPs and 2 drink tickets) to see Delta Will at Baltimore House on Thursday April 3rd (Facebook RSVP). Contest closes Wed Apr 2nd 6pm EST!

 

 

Brews, Bands, and Burgers – 2nd Annual Big Smoke Music Fest

2nd Annual Big Smoke Music Fest

WHERE: Tallboys Craft Beer House

WHEN: Thursday January 24th | Friday January 25th | Saturday January 26th

WHO: Harlan Pepper, Moon King, Delta Will & more

Are you stuck doing the same thing every weekend? Find yourself getting off work, heading on auto-pilot to the LCBO for some cheap cans of PBR and Mill St. Organic, shuffling home to make some Kraft Dinner and watch YouTube clips with your friends until you pass out on a couch that smells like last night’s regrets?

Buck the trend and head to the 2nd Annual Big Smoke Music Fest at Tallboys Craft Beer House next weekend for some local brews and sweet indie tunes. Fancy yourself a bit of a beer connoisseur? Sample 40 craft beers. Looking to discover some great underground Toronto artists? This mini-festival has everything from countrified folk to synthpop, and it’s perfect for the non-committal music fan who can’t be bothered to trek all over the great plains for a full music festival. They’ll even provide the heated tents for you.

Shows start at 8pm // Doors at 7pm each night.
Tickets available in advance or at the door for $5.

Big Smoke Music Festival schedule:

Thursday, January 24th
8pm – Paula Perri (acoustic folk)
9pm – Graydon James and the Young Novelists (alt country)
10pm – Harlan Pepper (alt country)

Friday, January 25th
8pm – DIANA (synth, new wave)
9pm – Moon King (synth, new wave)
10pm – Kira May (ambient pop)

Saturday, January 26th
8pm – Sorry OK Yes (alt rock)
9pm – Omhouse (alt rock)
10pm – Delta Will (alt rock)

If these artists sound unfamiliar, don’t despair. Here’s a sampling of my favourite picks for a good time; give them a listen and find something you like! Supporting local music, sipping local brews, and munching on local noms is always my idea of a great time.

Thursday’s Pick: Paula Perri – sweet, low-key acoustic folk music reminiscent of road trips up north

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Friday’s Pick: Moon King – frantic, spazzy synth bursting with fresh ideas

MP3: Only Child Moon King [via Pitchfork]

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Saturday’s Pick: Delta Will – the perfect mix of blues and jazz with a bit of a Southern buzz.

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