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.

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.


 

THURSDAY

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

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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

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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.

THE GREAT HALL

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

NXNE Sampler: Friday June 17th: Yonge-Dundas Square & Wrongbar

Here are some MP3s to pique your interest for NXNE! It would take a lifetime (or at least a very long time) to put together a comprehensive NXNE taste test. There’s just too many darned bands! But enjoy this little burst of NXNE flavour to whet your appetite!

YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE

Diamond Rings – 7:30-8:10PM

MP3: Something ElseDiamond Rings

Land of Talk – 8:30-9:10PM

MP3: Some Are LakesLand of Talk

Stars – 9:30-10:10PM

MP3: We Don’t Want Your BodyStars

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    WRONGBAR

    Super Vacations – 8:00-9:00PM

    MP3: Be GladSuper Vacations

    Secret Cities – 9:00-10:00PM

    MP3: The ParkSecret Cities

    Pujol – 10:00-11:00PM

    MP3: Butterfly KnifePujol

    Julianna Barwick – 11:00-12:00AM

    MP3: The Magic PlaceJulianna Barwick

    Prince Rama – 12:00-1:00AM

    MP3: Golden GlowPrince Rama

    Ty Segall – 1:00-2:00AM

    MP3: The DragTy Segall

    Talk Normal – 2:00-3:00AM

    MP3: Hot SongTalk Normal