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


TGIF Playlist: April 11, 2014 (Late, by a lot)

Katie did a great post for our 4th anniversary (check it out below) so I wanted to copy her with a similar post, but part way through I realized I’m a way more distracted blogger when I couldn’t get past my 2010 stuff because there was too much nostalgia and too many dead links. Unwatched episodes of Real Housewives may have also had a hand in my laziness…

So, I didn’t get that together in time, but I’d still like to take a second to thank all our readers for visiting the blog and sharing your music with us over these years. I can’t believe this much time has passed, the whole experience was an experiment, one that I’m really happy we rolled with and it’s just cool to see how we’ve grown. I mean, I used to play Hype Machine in the background as I studied during undergrad, didn’t think the blog would be listed there, ever. So consider this a virtual high five (because I’m not a big hugger) to you, our readers, appreciate the support :)

On that note, I hope you enjoy these tracks and they help you kick off your weekend (NOTE: I was also late publishing this post… so I hope everyone already had a great weekend and that this playlist makes the work week more enjoyable)

  • Merrill Garbus can shout it out, sing it slow and it all sounds cool to me. This is a great mellow single from Tune-Yards (check out the other single, Water Fountain here). I feel like a lot of cool ideas and sounds go into their music, but the band makes it all fit really well together, and as someone who plays no musical instruments, that really impresses me. The new album Nikki Nack comes out May 5 so I can’t wait to hear more.
  • Songs like this, The Derevolutions track make me antsy for summer. I’m just done with wearing coats and pants.
  • I got No Mythologies to Follow because I love the Spice Girl’s cover  did (listen to it here), and even though that song isn’t on the album, I think it’s a great debut, the lyrics in the chorus of this song are really sweet, personal favourite being: Someday the wave’s gonna show me the way to the sand. If someone knows where I can find a cute graphic with that text on Pinterest, feel free to leave it in the comments below so I can add it to my board of inspirational quotes. 
  • Infectious pop music.
  • I was obsessed with the Future Islands single Balance (listen here), way back when, so now whenever the band releases a song/album, I’m chasing the feeling I got when I first listened to that track, which is impossible, but this song comes close.