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1. God Emoji – SILICON
2. Steps – Pat Jordache*
3. Candy – Vows
4. Hypnophobia – Jacco Gardner
5. Message – WETDOG
6. Island – Fear of Men
7. Sabbath – Jenny Hval
8. Happy – Mitski
9. This Is A Man’s, Man’s World – Saâda Bonaire
10. UFO – ESG
11. Banana A – BANANA
12. Blade Of Love – Battle Trance

*Canadian

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Indie-licious Tues June 23rd 2015

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All tracks recorded by me during NXNE

Jessica Pratt at Berkeley Church on June 18th
Old and Weird at The Garrison on June 20th
Jacco Gardner at The Garrison on June 18th
U.S. Girls at The Garrison on June 18th

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Katie’s NXNE Picks – Thursday June 18th

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If you didn’t catch my picks for NXNE for Wed June 17th, I posted them yesterday.

☯ THURSDAY JUNE 18th ☯

6pm – Moss Lime (Montreal) – minimalist, postpunk

Love this three-piece so very much. Their short EP July First contains a cover of what I previously believed to be the most obnoxious sports anthem, morphed into something I really enjoy. Somehow, I’ve missed every other chance to see them over the last few months. They release music under Fixture Records, one of my favourite labels in Canada, so big ups.

They’re playing at The Garrison, and if you show up at 12pm for the NXNE Print & Comics Fair, there’s also a FREE PIZZA PARTY at 3pm, so just make a day of it, jeez.

Later on at the Garrison, come back for Jacco Gardner (11pm) + US GIRLS (Toronto,12am). Meg Remy’s new single, released under 4AD, is a pressure cooker of emotion, positioning herself as a grieving war widow crying out against the sociopolitical impacts of war. Also, dat hair.


7pm – Jessica Pratt (LA) – lovesick, folk

If you missed Jessica Pratt’s show on Wednesday, check her out at Berkeley Church on the Pitchfork stage. Her set is a bit of an outlier on the bill, so you should really try to catch her on Wednesday.


7pm – The WAYO (Toronto) – slow key soul / 8pm – Glory Glory (Halifax) – pop / 9pm – Walrus (Halifax) – psych pop

Go to Handlebar for Halifax Pop Explosion, stay for that really squishy couch in the front.


9pm – Sexy Merlin (Toronto) – experimental, grooves / 10pm – ZONES (Toronto) – dreamsurf / 11pm – Man Made Hill (Toronto) – experimental, disco / 12am – Tenderness (Toronto) – scattered, electrionic

Sexy Merlin ushers in psychotropic beats to Smiling Buddha to start off a very rewarding evening. ZONES is the delicious looped guitar-and-synth project of Derek McKeon, and it’s low-key and lovely. Constant Touching by Man Made Hill will get stuck in your head, no problem. Tenderness is blissfully weird, piecing together sound collages and eyebrow-quirking samples into innards-stirring rhythms.


12am – Grounders (Toronto) – indie pop

Unabashed pop fourpiece, get pierced by their hooks. Come see them at Sneeky Dees.


1am – Lucius (Brooklyn) / 2am – TEEN (Brooklyn) – indie pop

TEEN is comprised of four extremely talented musicians (who happen to be female) with excellent drumming, dance moves and vocals. Kind of early St. Vincent vibes. Catch them at Adelaide Hall after Lucius plays at 1am.


10pm – Nancy Pants (Montreal) – garage pop / 2am – Noni Wo (Montreal) –  avante, electronic, fusion

Nancy Pants makes really pleasure-driven, optimistic lo-fi pop music made for smiling and swinging your arms around. They’re playing Silver Dollar with Noni Wo. Noni Wo‘s U S B E P is very good. A mixture of jazzy guitar-driven jams and synth-driven melodies.


Pretty excited about next Thursday’s NXNE offerings. If you’re looking for something to occupy you this week, I’m running a show tonight at Ratio with Insect ArkSarah Davachi, Beard Closet and CHRISTOPHER WILLES’ MATERIAL NATURE. Doors are 8pm and it’ll be an early show, so feel free to swing by! (Facebook RSVP)

Katie’s NXNE Picks – Wednesday June 17th

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Tonight, I sat down to figure out what I’m going to see for NXNE and I realized that if I tried to cram everything into a single post, it would never load and I would never finish. So I’m going to post my favourites one day at a time.

☯ WEDNESDAY JUNE 17th ☯

8pm – Holiday Rambler (Toronto) – distant, devotional, blues

D. Alex Meeks is one of my favourite people in Toronto. He plays in Hooded Fang and a handful of other bands, plus he’s incredibly sweet and interesting. His music is hymnal, filled with stories, and deeply affecting. He’s playing Smiling Buddha with Moonwood (Toronto), Clara Engel (Toronto), and Khora (Toronto’s Matthew Ramolo).


8pm – Blonde Elvis (Toronto) – handclapping, psych

Blonde Elvis are a real treat to see play live. We just did a show with them for Feast In The East and they were easily the most danceable set of the night. Their new song is such an earworm. You might want to turn the volume on your speakers down a bit if you just played that Holiday Rambler track.

They’re playing Horseshoe Tavern at 8pm with psych king Jacco Gardner (Hoorne, Netherlands), Moon King (Toronto) and Lower Dens (Baltimore). Jacco Gardner makes straight-up baroque pop.


8pm – Etiquette (Toronto) – dusky, electronic

Julie Fader & Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck came out with a new sultry electronic music project and released their debut, Reminisce, on Hand Drawn Dracula. They’re playing Danforth Music Hall with Glass Animals and Son Lux.


9pm – ANAMAI (Toronto) – slowcore, folk

Toronto’s Anna Mayberry from HSY plays with Egyptrixx’s David Psutka in ANAMAI. They just came out with a new album, Sallows, on Buzz Records and they’ll be playing Opera House with Blonde Redhead.


8pm – Tasseomancy (Toronto) – herbal, folk, pop

Sisters Romy and Sari have the best fashion sense, are incredible musicians and vocalists, and their drummer Evan Cartwright is, a) a total sweetheart, and b) great at steel pans. Johnny Spence on keys and sax adds so much flavour. They’re playing Mod Club with Ibeyi. Support these magic women!


11pm – DOOMSQUAD (Toronto) – experimental, deep, dance

Toronto siblings Jaclyn, Allie, and Trevor Blumas started dabbling in making dark, addictive tonics. They’re playing Lee’s Palace at with Programm. If you want to catch them again, they’re playing the Sonic Boom Record Fair (which I’ll be running the Weird Canada table for, so feel free to come say hi).


11pm – Jessica Pratt (Los Angeles) – lovesick, folk

She’s playing two shows, but I bet the Pitchfork session is going to be clogged. Check her out at The Garrison on Wednesday instead – she has a voice like melted honey and some seriously good fingerpicking. Insert obligatory comparisons to Sibylle Baier, blah blah blah. Her album On Your Own Love Again is one of the best of 2015, and consistently spinning on my record player once a week.

Okay, stay tuned for Thursday’s pick! If there’s anyone I’m missing, let me know in the comments below.

Indie-licious Tues Mar 3rd 2015

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1. There is Blood in My Body – LOOM*
2. Fall In – Young Magic
3. Could’ve It Been Me? – Renny Wilson*
4. Regazzi – Tredici Bacci
5. The End of August – Jacco Gardner
6. Str8 Sh00ter – Andy Sadoway
7. Again – Faith Healer*
8. Deserter – Siskiyou*
9. Pill – Ought*
10. Raising The Skate – Speedy Ortiz
11. The sun roars into view – Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld*
12. On A Path – Owen Pallett*
13. Rice & Bones – Disco Doom

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