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On The Importance of Showing Up For The Opening Act

Hey guys! Here’s my latest guest post for AUX for the Whisky Rocks competition (bands – this is your LAST CHANCE to enter your song to win a spot opening for The Trews and gear from Gibson and Yamaha!), in which the guest bloggers were asked to talk about a memorable opening act we discovered by showing up early – or in my case, sticking around later.

When I was younger, I only showed up for the opener when it was important that I could actually see the stage (so, standing shows). Being short is easily the worst part of being a live music fan.

But, as I’ve become more interested in the local music community in the past few years, I’ve made it a point to show up earlier than usual – or stick around for the other bands playing that night in the case of some local shows – as it can lead to finding my next favourite band.

The most recent example of this would be during NXNE, when I attended the Horseshoe to see some of my favourite locals – Poor Young Things, CATL, and the special guests for the night – Yukon Blonde. As it was a local festival lineup, it wasn’t like a typical concert where the first bands to play are the lesser known ones, the order was a lot more random, and so Yukon Blonde (who would be considered the headliner) were on at 10pm before most of the bands for the night. After their set was over I decided to stick around for Young Empires and CATL, and this meant staying for The Lumineers set as well.

For some reason, I hadn’t yet heard of the The Lumineers, but the Shoe was abuzz about them – the venue was packed and I couldn’t get anywhere near the stage, so I figured I should stick it out and see what they were about rather than heading to another nearby venue for a different band and then coming back as I tend to do during these festivals.

And I am so glad I did.

It was easily the best set of NXNE for me, by a mile.

There is nothing like that feeling of seeing a random band you’ve never heard of, and being absolutely taken away by their set. I immediately had that “where have these guys been all my life?” feeling that always means I’ve found my next favourite band. I was transfixed by their presence, even though I was at the back of the very packed room and couldn’t see too much – that’s how strong the music was. The room went silent all the way to the bar – which, if you’ve ever been to a Horseshoe show – you’ll know what a rarity that is. It was that exact kind of folky, foot stomping, hand clapping, sing along music that fills me with immense joy, and I felt so grateful to have stumbled upon them. They left me feeling that incredible buzz I talked about in my previous article about what makes for a memorable live experience.

Of course, “Hey Ho” became a massive hit, and their self-titled album became the soundtrack to my summer. It will definitely be making it onto my top 5 albums of the year list.



NXNE Highlights (Parties, Bands and A Boat)


So this years NXNE was a blast, as usual, but I feel like I didn’t absorb as much new music this time around as I usually do. The main reason so many people tend to say they prefer NXNE to CMW is that it happens in June – so the weather is good – so the parties and events are better. This is very true, but I think it actually takes some of the attention away from the music.

In an attempt to improve my rather terrible networking skills, I made it my mission to go to every party I was invited to this year. This meant I ended up being exhausted by the time I got to the bar for the shows, and was therefore much less determined than I usually am to get to the front and really take in the whole set. My camera also ran out of juice during the second day and I somehow LOST my charger (which I still can not locate anywhere in my apartment), so my photo situation is not what it should be.

That said, the parties are cool because tons of bands play them as well, so I was still introduced to some new music while entering into the networking deluge.


The first party was put on by the Toronto Music Industry Association and happened early into the week before the actual music festival began. It was TMIA’s first party and with help from Audioblood and great sponsors like Sneaky Dees, it was the best way to kick off the festival. There were no bands playing this one, but many Vancouver musicians were there as it was put on to celebrate the Tracks On Tracks arrival.


Wednesday brought on the Ages and Stages : The Story of The Meligrove Band premiere and afterparty. I didn’t get a chance to check out the film because of my day job, but the party was an interesting experience. A bunch of cool bands were set to play so I was looking forward to getting an early start on the music, and wasn’t expecting what I have come to learn is the norm during NXNE (and probably lots of other summer events) – a house party. (I wasn’t lying when I said I’m not a “networker”.) The bands were playing in a small basement which is an experience I haven’t had in a very long time. It’s something I can definitely get behind – if you’re ever throwing a show in someone’s house – invite me! I love the intimacy this created.

Because things were running behind schedule I was only able to check out The Fabulous Yawn before I had to leave to check out The Dirty Nil’s set (which I still only caught their last few songs, but they packed the random Kensington Market venue it was at and put on a killer show). Spencer’s (aka The Fabulous Yawn) set was great – he is a folky musician that struck me as a hilariously self aware and honest songwriter in the same way that Jeffrey Lewis is. In “Honest Love Song #17” he has a line about going down on a girl to change the subject, that had everyone laughing. We’ve all been on one end of that situation at some point in our lives.


Come Thursday I had four different parties on my calendar, and with work, there was no way I could make it to all of them – but I still did well. I first hit up Audio Blood’s Rooftop Riot which ended up being moved to a different location at the last minute, causing a bit of confusion for many attendees. But once everyone got there it was a great time – blisteringly hot under the sun, but some cool bands were playing. I had to leave before The Balconies and Les Breastfeeders set, which was a bummer, but I will be catching them both again soon (at Edgefest and Osheaga). I’ve never seen so many hipsters willing to sweat under such scorching heat before, but free beer has that effect.

After that we headed to the eOne Kegger Party, which was another house party, with bands playing upstairs. It was beyond packed by the time I got there, but everyone loved the free street meat vendor and flowing beer. Free CDs were available at this one too (I grabbed Die Mannequin and their NXNE sampler), which is always appreciated.

When that one quickly came to a close, it was time to hit up Sneaky Dee’s for the M for Montreal Poutine Party. Lucky for us, we got there early, as they ran out of poutine almost immediately. It was good – but it was Sneaky Dee’s – so of course it  was. Best part about this was catching a band I had never heard of but truly fell for, called I.NO. This girl has such a lovely voice, I was transfixed watching them. Unfortunately there were only a few others watching their set, but they proved to be a band to look out for.

We left Sneaky Dee’s in time to catch my new favorite Toronto band, Stella Ella Ola, play Velvet Underground. They started off with a round of shots in honour of drummer Vince Rice’s birthday, and I’m not sure if it was the shots or the fact that they’ve had time to get more comfortable together onstage, but it was a super fun set, topping their first ever show at Cynecycle that I had previously caught and loved every second of. Singer Anne Douris’ dog passed away that day, which had to put a damper on their first NXNE show – but they turned it into a celebration for the pup, and the show really did feel like a big party with a group of friends. When someone in the crowd shouted for bassist Jake Boyd to take his shirt off (like he does when he drums for Hollerado) he hilariously obliged. Somehow, almost all their songs have single potential, and I still think everyone needs to get their hands on this incredible EP. “Little Black Rope” is officially my phone’s ringtone – that’s love.

We moved to the Rivoli after this to catch the Arts & Crafts showcase, but only ended up staying for Gold & Youth (which I now regret). G&Y was incredible live, and it was great to be up close for their full set after only catching the end of it during their CMW show. My friends fell completely in love with them – which is always my goal when I take people to see a band I feel strongly about – but doesn’t always happen. Their set was perfect, easily one of the most memorable performances I caught during NXNE. Their Joy Division-y sound is something the current music scene is in desperate need of. They do electro rock incredibly well, which is such a rarity.

I headed to the Horseshoe next, fearing I would miss out on Bran Van 3000’s set. We were all looking forward to the 1997 one hit wonder nostalgia, but this meant I missed out on seeing Zulu Winter, a new A&C band I am super curious about. My Bran Van experience ended up being rather awful, and I instantly wished I had stayed at the Rivoli. That’s what I get for abandoning my favorite label, I guess.

Once inside the Shoe, it felt like the gods were punishing me by surrounding me with THE WORST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, and I literally lost my shit during the performance when these club kids were acting like they owned their space and the space of everyone else around them. Never in my life have I been so enraged at a show. I seriously do mean the WORST.PEOPLE.IN.THE.WORLD. I think half the crowd was filled with people like my friends and I, there to ironically hear “Drinking In LA” and remember being 12 and watching MuchMusic non stop. But the other half seemed to truly love the new stuff the band has came out with since those days, which is dance music in the most literal sense. It was such a strange crowd to see at my beloved Horseshoe.

With the rage of a thousand bulls running through my veins after that awful experience, I decided to head home early that night to calm down and prepare for what would be a crazy Friday.


First party of the day was Manitoba Music’s Perogie Party at the Drake skybar, which is a bit of a tight spot for a party, but a killer location for an outdoor event. Though Winnipeg’s best was in attendance, this was purely a networking event, no bands playing.

After this we hit up Exclaim’s Boneyard BBQ, which was easily the best party I’d been to all week. When I arrived, Death From Above 1979’s Sebastien Grainger was already spinning tunes, and he has to be my favorite DJ of all time. Every time a new song came on I was in heaven. Based on the amazing songs he was spinning (Velvet Underground, Bowie, Iggy, Lennon, Beatles, etc), he is my musical soulmate.

I also learned I don’t absolutely hate Jagermeister like I had thought. The last time I drank Jager until this event was 5 years earlier, when too many shots of it made me sick and left the worst kind of aftertaste in mouth for what felt like days later. Turns out, when mixed with root beer or orange pop, it’s kind of amazing. Thanks for putting this combo on my radar, Jager people. It sounds revolting, but it’s actually tasty. This party was probably put over the top because, not only was there free Jager drinks and beer and swag, but it was of course 50s themed, with girls dressed all rockabilly, and 50s cars lining the parking lot entrance. Oh and of course, amazing free BBQ, and a fun crowd.

When that was done it was time for the Rdio party, which was in my opinion, the way every party should be. Excellent location (99 Sudbury), legit swag bags filled with useful (serious rarity in swag bags) stuff, completely free open bar (for once not just beer!!! I was in heaven) great lineup of bands playing, and free ice cream, popcorn, tiny tims, etc. That is how you throw a party. The only drawback was that it was so exclusive it felt like it was more than half empty – a smaller venue or bigger invite list may have helped with this. Or maybe it was the timing – this was the last party I hit up on Friday night, which is when some of the best official NXNE shows start happening. Sudbury is also kinda far out from the majority of NXNE venues, so some people probably didn’t make the trek out.

After this, I headed to my first official show of the night and caught the much buzzed about METZ at Wrongbar – so buzzed about I even recommended them on my ‘who to see’ post. Unfortunately, those who had told me I had to see them must not know about my absolute distaste for any band that uses screaming instead of singing. This was one of those bands I really wanted to like based on the recommendations I’d received, hoping my mind could be opened up to metal, but I’ve accepted that some genres are just not for me.

I can not listen to people scream without getting a crippling headache. Because of this, we had to leave after a few songs, but the place was packed and those who were there seemed to love it. There’s a reason they just got signed to SubPop. I know they are up there with the likes of Fucked Up in terms of talent, but I can’t say I’m into this particular sound. I listen through lyrics first and foremost, so I get a little frustrated when I can’t hear what the words actually are. Singing along is more than half the joy of a live show for me.

Then it was time for the part of NXNE I was most excited for – Young Lion’s showcase with Teenage Kicks and Dwayne Gretzky. To say these are the two bands I’ve seen most in the past year might be an understatement. I love them both, and for very different reasons. Dwayne is my good times, lets go dancing to amazing classic rock cover tunes band, and Teenage Kicks are my band that is bringing legitimate rock n roll back to Toronto in a big way.

This was Kicks best set yet, and considering I rarely enjoy a set at the Elmo as much as I do other venues, that says a lot about their power on stage. They seem to impossibly keep getting better, and because of that, their legend has grown around this city fast. Dwayne played a non stop two hour set, which had to be exhausting. They tried out a lot of new songs, some of which didn’t quite work for me, but they were as reliable as ever and probably the only band that could keep me on my feet dancing until 4am, despite being utterly exhausted.


Saturday was the day I had been looking forward to all week – M for Montreal’s Bruise Cruise (also known as Booze Cruise, not sure why they call it Bruise?). After getting to bed past 5am, it seemed unlikely that I would be awake in time to board the 1pm cruise, but this was a combination of all of my favorite things – bands, boats, booze and the best view of the city – so I dragged my ass out of bed at noon and somehow managed to board it on time.

We only ended up watching Hooded Fang play (as the bands were in the bottom of the boat, and I couldn’t pull myself away from the sunshine for long) but they were one of the highlights of NXNE for me. I had always heard a lot of praise about them but this was my first time checking them out, and it was impressive. We could still hear the other bands playing from the top deck, but none of them really pulled our attention away from the gorgeous day enough to want to see them up close.

Lamest thing about this cruise was the insane prices. Drinks cost $7 or more, and if you needed food to soak up all that booze you’d been imbibing all week, it was seriously $10 for a burger. Boo.

As my Saturday night was a wonderful surprise of non-stop amazing music, I am saving it for a post of its own, so stay tuned to hear about how impressed I was with Sirius XM’s showcase at the Horseshoe.


Who To See During NXNE 2012

Alright guys, I know you’ve been waiting, but as most people that know me in real life know, I’m a last minute person. Luckily here this is – a whole FOUR days before the actual festival performances begin. I deserve an award, thx. Basically, I used the handy NXNE Schedulizer to find all the bands I know and love, or have heard about and am curious to see, and added them to my schedule – which I have so thoughtfully posted for you here.

I’ve already written about the awesome NXNE Record Show happening on Saturday, as well as a general post about the bigger bands playing when the lineup was first announced, but I didn’t get the chance to mention that there will be free yoga classes for artists, volunteers and pass-holders, which I think is kind of fun. There’s nothing cuter than watching indie rock boys try to learn yoga.

Anyhow, here’s what I recommend – obviously there’s a lot of bands here and a ton of overlap, which is necessary because as you probably know, back up plans are needed when your favorite venue reaches capacity and you can’t get in. The main sets I will be trying to catch are in bold, and I’ve also included the Special Guest venue/time slots as those tend to have amazing acts (guarantee Dan Mangan will be one of them). Will update the post as the guests are announced (usually the night before or day of).

And remember – all the Yonge Dundas shows are free so if you’re too broke for a pass, you can still check out all the big bands playing the fest. Ben & Jerry’s wanted me to let you know they will have a truck around there for the duration of the YDS performances, giving out free ice cream, just an FYI.

Wednesday, June 13

Army Girls
9PM @ Supermarket

Enjoy Your Pumas
9PM @ El Mocambo (Upstairs)

Traveling Thieves
9PM @ Hideout – These guys plays regularly at the Hideout as cover band on the weekend, and it is always amazing. They’ve formed into an original band, and having had the pleasure of checking them out in their early stages during CMW, I know there’s something great here. Patrick Wright is one of the best guitarists in the city.

10PM @ Cameron House

The Dirty Nil
11PM @ The Detour Bar – I ADORE this band. I will have a review of their set at Silver Dollar on the blog shorty, but for now, all you need to know is they are in my Top 5 of all the bands in the local scene. Three young guys with double the talent and energy of half the bands playing NXNE combined. They are not to be missed.

Amos The Transparent
11PM @ El Mocambo (Main Floor)

Charlotte Cornfield
11PM @ Cameron House

Special Guest
11PM @ Supermarket

Special Guest
12AM @ Cameron House

Jeff Pinto
1AM @ Cameron House

Thursday, June 14

7PM @ Mod Club Theatre

No Use For A Name
7:00 PM-7:40 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

The Sweet Mack 
8PM @ Velvet Underground 

Stella Ella Ola
9PM @ Velvet Underground – If you haven’t downloaded their INCREDIBLE free EP yet, what are you waiting for? A Hollerado side project that I’m kind of obsessed with. They remind of my favorite 60s bands with some 9os thrown in. “Little Black Rope” is my song of the summer.

Jane’s Party
9PM @ El Mocambo (Upstairs)

9PM @ The Great Hall

Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers
9PM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Bad Religion
9:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

Army Girls
10PM @ El Mocambo (Main Floor)

Grey Kingdom
10PM @ Supermarket – First of three Attack in Black side projects you should check out.
10PM @ The Piston

Hands & Teeth
10PM @ Silver Dollar Room

Hooded Fang
10PM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Gold & Youth
11PM @ Rivoli

11PM @ Velvet Underground

Marine Dreams
11PM @ Great Hall Lower Theatre – Welland represents! Attack in Black is my hometown band (went to high school with some of them) and I greatly encourage checking out all their new projects.

11PM @ Rancho Relaxo

Protest The Hero
12AM @ Lee’s Palace

Daniel Romano
12AM @ Great Hall Lower Theatre –  Another Attack in Black Wellander, I’ve yet to see him solo but I’m looking forward to it.

Fast Romantics
12AM @ El Mocambo (Upstairs)

Zulu Winter
12AM @ Rivoli

Whale Tooth
12AM @ The Great Hall

Still Life Still
1AM @ Rivoli

Southern Shores
1AM @ Czehoski

Julie Doiron
1AM @ Great Hall Lower Theatre

Bran Van 3000
1AM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – Obviously not gonna miss this.

Organ Thieves
1AM @ Supermarket

1AM @ Dakota Tavern

1AM @ Sneaky Dee’s

1AM @ Rancho Relaxo

The Bright Light Social Hour
2AM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

2:00 AM-2:45 AM @ The Annex Live

Special Guest
2AM @ Dakota Tavern

Friday, June 15

Eight And A Half
7:30 PM-8:10 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

Dan Griffin
8PM @ The Drake Hotel Underground – His solo album away from the Arkells impressed the shit out of me, looking forward to finally seeing him perform these songs.

Writers’ Strike
8PM @ The Painted Lady

Oh No, Theodore!
8PM @ The Painted Lady

Plants and Animals
8:30 PM-9:10 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

Die Mannequin
9PM @ Mod Club Theatre

9PM @ El Mocambo (Main Floor)

Secret Broadcast
9PM @ El Mocambo (Upstairs)

Matthew Good
9:30 PM-11:00 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

Hooded Fang
10PM @ Silver Dollar Room

The Coppertone
10PM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Paradise Animals
10PM @ El Mocambo (Main Floor)

10PM @ Supermarket

The Strumbellas
11PM @ Rivoli

11PM @ Silver Dollar Room

Mad Ones
11PM @ Hideout

11PM @ Wrongbar – Have literally been told I MUST see this band by those whose opinions I most respect in the Toronto music scene. I’ll admit I’m a little scared because they are definitely heavier than my lo-fi taste usually appreciates, but I’m excited to see what I’ve been missing out on.

Most People
12AM @ Czehoski

Paper Lions
12AM @ El Mocambo (Main Floor)

Rah Rah
12AM @ Dakota Tavern

The F-Holes
12AM @ Monarch Tavern

Teenage Kicks
1AM @ El Mocambo (Main Floor) – I love this band so much I actually get shit for how much I rave about them, but when I find something I truly love I’ll do anything I can to champion it, so don’t expect me to ever shut up about them. In fact, an interview with Peter and Jeff is gonna be posted shorty.

Shawn Clarke and the Green Hearts
1AM @ The Central

Special Guest
2AM @ The Garrison

Special Guest
2AM @ Bovine Sex Club

Special Guest
2AM @ The Annex Live

Zulu Winter
2AM @ Lee’s Palace

Dwayne Gretzky
2AM @ El Mocambo (Main Floor) – If you don’t know about this band, I feel bad for you. Teenage Kicks and Dwayne Gretzky together in one night basically means this is gonna be the highlight of NXNE for me.

Sandman Viper Command
3AM @ Sneaky Dee’s – If Sneaks has any room left by the time I finish at the El Mo, I’ll be there.

Saturday, June 16

2:00 PM-2:40 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

5:00 PM-5:40 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square – Who doesn’t love these guys? Probably the best band playing free at YDS after the Flaming Lips.

of Montreal
7:00 PM-7:40 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

Inlet Sound
8PM @ The Central

Portugal. The Man
8:00 PM-8:40 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

Platinum Blonde
9PM @ Mod Club Theatre

Poor Young Things
9PM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – Everyone knows this is the band that got me to believe in the local music scene again.

The Flaming Lips
9:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

Special Guest
9PM @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom

Special Guest
10PM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Revolver (France)
10PM @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom

Organ Thieves
10PM @ Bovine Sex Club

Brett Caswell & the Marquee Rose
11PM @ Dakota Tavern

Matt Mays
11:30 PM-1:10 AM @ Lee’s Palace

12AM @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom

Teenage Head
12AM @ The Great Hall

12AM @ The Garrison – Another Toronto band in my top 5. They are helping shape and define the music scene in this city more than any other band.

Young Empires
12AM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – Have you seen their new Facebook interactive music video?!?! It blew me away.

1AM @ The Painted Lady

Revolver (France)
1AM @ The Painted Lady

1AM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

The Bright Light Social Hour
1AM @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom

Dave Borins
1AM @ The Central

Fast Romantics
2AM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Special Guest
2AM @ Sneaky Dee’s

Special Guest
2AM @ Bovine Sex Club

Brews Willis
3AM @ Sneaky Dee’s

Mad Ones
3AM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Sunday, June 17

Wannabe (Spice Girls Tribute Band)
5:00 PM-5:40 PM @ Redpath Stage – Harbourfront – This just sounds like something I have to see, sorry guys.

9PM @ Rancho Relaxo

Crowns For Convoys
10PM @ Rancho Relaxo 

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah
9:00 PM-11:00 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

Amos The Transparent
11PM @ Rancho Relaxo


There you have it. Who are you checking out this year??


NXNE’s First Annual Record Show

With Record Store Day over for another year, you guys must be feeling the post holiday blues – but fear not as NXNE just announced they are starting up a new tradition to fill our need for obsessing over vinyl – The NXNE Record Show.

Happening on June 16th from 10am-4pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, it will feature record vendors from Arts & Crafts, Vinyl Alibi, Of A Kind, Alleycats Music & Arts and many more.

Expect entertainment from Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning and other DJs as they curate the soundtrack for the day, alongside vinyl education like museum-piece artefacts from Kops Records archives, a station for your kids to experience (and destroy) someone else’s records, and helpful info on vinyl storage and maintenance.

Tickets are 5$ or free for badge/wristband holders.


NXNE Bands Announced!

It looks like NXNE is really stepping it up yet again this year.

Last hear the big headliners were 80s throwbacks Devo and Men Without Hats, which was kind of cute – but really, not all that appealing outside of its novelty factor. I didn’t attend, choosing to see newer bands that were playing the festival that night instead.

But this year, the big headlining band for the free Yonge/Dundas Square show on June 16th will be The Flaming Lips, which is fantastic. They have to be one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen, which is a necessity – considering they are competing with the best live band I’ve ever seen for an audience that night – Radiohead. For those who weren’t able to get tickets to Radiohead’s Downsview show, you now have a free and awesome alternative. It’s not quite as intense an experience as Thom Yorke and co., but it will definitely be a very memorable show.

If you’ve never experienced the Flaming Lips live, I don’t want to spoil the magic for you, but animal costumes, confetti, puppets, dancing and walking over the audience in a big clear bubble are just the beginning – and that’s not even mentioning how great the actual music is. Yoshimi, The Soft Bulletin and Transmissions from the Satellite Heart are some of my absolute favorite records of the past two decades. I still wish Wayne Coyne was my best friend.


Other confirmed bands include Bad Religion, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah (of Wu-Tang Clan fame, haha), Matthew Good,  Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools, Killer Mike, Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian.

Anyone else surprised Bran Van 3000 are still together? I’ll admit the 12 year old in me is very much looking forward to singing along to But we did nothing, absolutely nothing that day, and I say: What the hell am I doing drinking in L.A. at 26? (kind of fun that this will happen when I’m actually 26).


Oh and as if June 16th wasn’t already stacked enough for Toronto shows – Archers of Loaf will also be playing their reunion show at the Phoenix that night (limited NXNE passes will be accepted).

The NXNE film lineup will include the world premiere of WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? THE ARCHERS OF LOAF LIVE AT CAT’S CRADLEa feature-length documentary combining concert footage from The Archers of Loaf reunion tour with rare interviews of the band.


I’m definitely looking forward to the band announcements that are still to come, as that will likely feature more of the local bands I love and will be recommending you to all go check out.