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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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 – Saturday June 20th

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

☯ SATURDAY JUNE 20th ☯

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
Grunge
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!

Katie’s NXNE Picks – Friday June 19th

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

In terms of sheer volume of acts, Friday is pretty sparse compared to Wednesday and Thursday. However, there are some really great gems; Smiling Buddha and Lee’s Palace would make for two amazing standalone concerts if you want to stay put.

☯ FRIDAY JUNE 19th ☯

9pm – Foxes In Fiction (Brooklyn) dreamscape, abstract / 11pm – Doldrums (Toronto) experimental dance, manic pop

Ex-Ontario resident Warren Hildebrand got Owen Pallett to play violin on this album. It’s a dreamy, ambient trek into memory and mourning. I’ve been loving Doldrums new album The Air Conditioned Nightmare, which is a dance hall lobotomy. Check them both out at Lee’s Palace.

(PREPARE TO HAVE YOUR BRAIN SHREDDED A TINY BIT IF YOU JUST PLAYED THAT FOXES IN FICTION TRACK)


11pm – DIANA (Toronto) – electronic, indie pop

I really wish that someone had thought to put Doldrums and DIANA on the same bill, as there’s a really great Doldrums remix of one of their songs, which I will post below. Instead, they’re playing Adelaide Hall, which would still be a really great place to hear them.


10:15pm – Fat As Fuck (Toronto) – instrumental, brain melt

Toronto’s Fat As Fuck are playing 159 Manning, which is great, because it’s probably going to destroy that house.


2am – AMERICAN WRESTLERS (St. Louis, Missouri) – sprightly bedroom pop

Gary McClure’s project sound like an Americanized version of Phoenix, and that’s not a bad thing. They’ll be playing Horseshoe Tavern at 2am if you’re up for a late night dance party.


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9:45pm Homebody (Denver) – avante-pop / 1am – Chastity Belt (Seattle) – feminist punk with pop undercurrents / 1:45am – Old and Weird (Halifax) – avante-pop / 3am – DJ Garbage Body (SHE RULES)

Denver’s Homebody put out an awesome album this month via Heretical Objects, and they make great no-wave art pop. Seattle’s Chastity Belt make throaty, thoughtful art punk. Halifax’s Old and Weird are a fan favourite, bringing bizarre, clashing, confusing elements to avante-pop. Stick around for DJ Garbage Body because Julie Reich (Bile Sister) is a fucking rad babe.


Alright chickens, I should probably peel my skin from the couch and make something useful of myself.

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)