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.



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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3rd birthday! pizza party!! Plus Shannon & The Clams new album + tour


By this time, nobody is keeping track of how old we are. Not even us. When it comes to remembering birthdays and anniversaries and other peoples’ feelings, if someone isn’t following me around with a calendar, shouting “PLEASE REMEMBER TO CARE ABOUT THIS” I can guarantee you I will forget. I am too busy preparing a snack. In this respect, I am much like a foraging animal with excellent taste in music.


But for real. Here’s a new one from Oakland’s finest Shannon & The Clams to celebrate. Can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to their new album Dreams in the Rat House out May 21st on Hardly Art.

And here’s two from 2011’s Sleep Talk

Have you fallen in love with them yet? Of course you have.

Here are their upcoming tour dates. They’re not coming anywhere near Toronto, but you know. Just so it’s up there.

06.06.13 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
06.07.13 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern *
06.08.13 – Missoula, MT – Old Beck VFW Post 209 *
06.10.13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry *
06.11.13 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle *
06.16.13 – Montreal, Quebec – La Divan Orange *
06.17.13 – Boston, MA – Great Scott *
06.18.13 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie *
06.20.13 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *
06.21.13 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong *
06.22.13 – Asheville, NC – Emerald Lounge *
06.23.13 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl *
06.24.13 – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox *
06.26.13 -Dallas, TX – Club Dada *
06.27.13 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (inside stage) *

* – w/ Mikal Cronin