Indie-licious Tues June 16th 2015

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All the bands in today’s show are going to be performing for NXNE (June 17th-21st)

*Canadian

1. White Fire – Angel Olsen
2. Night Faces – Jessica Pratt
3. Into The Fields – Foxes In Fiction*
4. Cheap Suit – Noni Wo*
5. Apocalypso – DOOMSQUAD*
6. HOTFOOT – Doldrums*
7. Cannabis – Slim Twig*
8. Too Bad So Sad – Michael Rault*
9. Drawing Space – Grounders*
10. Fit For Her – Blonde Elvis*
11. Roswell – Moon King*
12. Tied Up Tied Down – TEEN

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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.

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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