Katie’s NXNE Picks – Saturday June 20th

If you missed them, here are my NXNE favourites for Wed June 17thThursday June 18th, and Friday June 19th.


1:45pm – Old and Weird / 2:30pm – King Creep / 6:15pm – Bile Sister / 9pm – Michael Rault / 11pm – Jennifer Castle / 12am – Darlene Shrugg / 2am – DOOMSQUAD

Gonna be a megafun day at The Garrison. I’ll be running the Weird Canada table for the Sonic Boom Record Fair (12-7pm) with my buddy Kevin, so come say hi.

At 1pm, Halifax clashing pop trio Old and Weird will play their second NXNE show. Afterwards, Toronto’s bratty garage punk King Creep will usher in some insouciance. Then, Bile Sister drips freak beats all over the stage. Psych pop Michael Rault fishes with hooks. Beware. Jennifer Castle’s observational songwriting is sure to stir. Darlene Shrugg is a tasty combo of Meg Remy, Slim Twig, Carlyn Bezic and Amanda Crist. And obviously, the experimental dance tremors of DOOMSQUAD are worth buckling in for.

(The above track is by Bile Sister, released on Healing Power)

NXNE Sonic Boom Record Fair:

Underground Operations
Arts & Crafts
Dine Alone Records
Hand Drawn Dracula
Optical Sounds
Buzz Records
Pirates Blend Records
Out of Sound
Reel Cod Records
Schizophrenic Records
Heretical Objects
Ugly Pop Records
Idée Fixe Records
Daps Records
Pleasence Records
Not Unlike
Weird Canada
Royal Mountain Records

10pm – Slim Twig

Luckily, The Garrison is not too far from Horseshoe Tavern, because Max has a show two hours before he goes on stage with Darlene Shrugg at The Garrison.

9pm – Angel Olsen (St. Louis, Missouri) – cinematic Americana folk with a twist

Angel Olsen sings on a thread that resonates with my heartstrings. Her voice is a throaty throwback to 50s country sirens, and she could literally sing me an instruction manual and I would still cry. She’s amazing live, and this will honestly be the highlight of your NXNE experience. She’s playing an early set at Mod Club at 9pm, but don’t come late, because it’s already nearly sold out and you’ll want to get close.

See you guys at NXNE!

Indie-licious Tues June 2nd 2015


1. ℸ⚭ᵰî¢*΅ – TELOZKOPE*
2. B:/ Start Up – Blank Banshee*
3. Cumulus Fractus – Eco Virtual
4. NakuPlacid – TELOZKOPE*
5. Replica – Oneohtrix Point Never
6. Naturalement – Conga Radio
7. Crime Watch (Hallucinogenic Re-Dub) – L.G. Rivales
8. Long Black – Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold
9. Lady Pain (Jay Arner Remix) – Renny Wilson*
10. Juxtaposed Positions – Rebecca’s Room*
11. Sweet Marie – Él Yoshida*
12. Sparta – Jennifer Castle*
13. Into the light – STÅL
14. My Baby Don’t Understand Me – Natalie Prass
15. How Could You Babe – Tobias Jesso Jr.*


Internet explorations in Vaporwave, with obligatory pop near the end.

Indie-licious Tues Apr 28th 2015 ✙ Canadian Women ⚢

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This episode is 100% Canadian, 100% women (a few exceptions where men are in the band too!)

1. Canonized – Faith Healer
2. Outside – TOPS
3. After Tonight (it will never be night) – Energy Slime
4. Wasted Crochet – Bile Sister
5. Orphans Howling In The Wild – Tenderness
6. Space Diemonds – Fresh Flesh
7. Calabria 2014 – Moss Lime
8. The Surge – Castle If
9. Karmic Mechanic – Phèdre
10. Sour Paradise – Petra Glynt
11. Strange Attraction – D I A N A
12. Work From Home – U.S. Girls
13. Somebody – Nancy Pants
14. Apophenia – Tasseomancy
15. Neverride – Jennifer Castle
16. Wholesome – LOOM
17. Messages – Isla Craig


Indie-licious Tues Nov 18th 2014


1. Paisley and Pastel – Freelove Fenner*
2. Deckard – Mysteries
3. City Full of (W)holes (Pt. II) – Mean Wind*
4. Somebody’s Talking – The Preatures
5. I Got The Moves – Habibi
6. Icarus – Meanwhile
7. Turn Your Love Around – TOPS*
8. Sålka Gets Her Hopes Up – Yumi Zouma
9. Annie – Mac Demarco*
10. 1001 Decisions – Woo
11. Caitlin And Peter And George Harrison – Sheer Agony*
12. Like That – White Fence
13. Back, Baby – Jessica Pratt
14. Nature – Jennifer Castle*
15. Black Bough – New Bums


NXNE Sampler: Saturday June 18th: The Great Hall

Tonight, I’m heading over to The Great Hall to check out a plethora of lovely bands with my dear friends. The free Stars concert in Yonge-Dundas square last night was more than a bit disappointing, and there were way too many people trying to get into Cults, so we never ended up seeing them.

Therefore, I’m looking forward to tonight! Even though I’ve never listened to Duzheknew or Jennifer Castle, I’m quite excited because these two tracks have totally hooked me.


Duzheknew – 9:00-10:00PM

MP3: Came out the other side, okDuzheknew

Jennifer Castle – 10:00-11:00PM

MP3: NeverrideJennifer Castle

BRAIDS – 11:00PM-12:00AM

MP3: Glass Deers (Teen Daze Remix)BRAIDS

Chad VanGaalen – 12:00-1:00AM

MP3: CorvetteChad VanGaalen

Grimes – 1:00-2:00AM

MP3: Crystal BallGrimes