NXNE: Lauren’s NXNE Picks for 2013!


Boy howdy! I’ve heard a lot of people complain about this year’s lineup, actually I hear that every year. Who are these people, hermits that haven’t been to a show since Nirvana?! This year’s lineup has me scrambling to make decisions on who gets left behind and who I can see, check some of them out below:


Who you should see:

Heaven – Another dream pop outfit straight out of coolville Brooklyn, by now I think the words dreampop and Brooklyn together just sort of mean it will be worth a listen. 9pm The Rivoli.

This Ship – The NXNE bio references The Beatles, Arcade Fire and Wintersleep when describing the musical influences for this Halifax quartet. 9pm Handlebar.

Calexico – Self Explanatory. I hope you got your tickets in advance or are willing to get their early, because these guys will definitely pack Mod Club quick. 10pm Virgin Mobile Mod Club.

Rituals – If you want something harder, head to Parts and Labour to see Rituals, a post-punk, more punk than post, group from Toronto that are sure to give you a wicked experience, I say catch them before they’re playing much larger venues. 10pm The Shop @ Parts and Labour.

Special Guest – There’s one at the Garrison and one at Parts and Labour. If you follow @UrbanOutfitters after 10pm on Twitter, you’ll find out who’s playing. 12am.

Also good choices: Gentleman Reg (1am Rivoli), Girlfriends and Boyfriends (1am The Painted Lady)


Who you should see:

Just hit BLK Box to see Dream Affair, Black Marble, Ell V Gore and No Joy.

Other options: Valleys (12am Handlebar), We Are Wolves (12am Wrongbar),  Braids (11pm Comfort Zone), Blue Hawaii (1am Comfort Zone) and if you’re a trooper (unlike me), Ghost Daze (2am May)


My picks:

The National – Another self explanatory. Yonge and Dundas will be packed to the brim to see these guys. 9:10pm Yonge and Dundas Square.

Peals – William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger) have come together to form the duo Peals. Ambient, electronic, soothing, a good way to slowly move into the night that will never end. 9pm The Drake Hotel.

St. Lucia – Electronic, guaranteed to start the dance partay, St. Lucia aka Jean Philip-Grobler has traveled the world in a boys choir and his travels have paved the way for his array of musical influences that blend into an unique sound. 12am Wrongbar

Bear Mountain – Following St. Lucia, these Vancouverites will keep the party going. A blend of indie rock and electronic, it’s upbeat, fun, and I’m looking forward to it. 1am Wrongbar

Other options: French Girls (10pm Cherry Cola’s Rock & Roll etc.),  Moon King (11pm Wrongbar), Still Life Still (12am BLK BOX), We Are Scientists (12am Lee’s Palace), WHY? (12am Horseshoe)


My picks:

There’s too many to pick. I’m just going to list good options.

Human Human - If you like Echo and the Bunnymen, Pulp or Psychedelic Furs, I suggest you see Human Human. From Montreal and so far with only an EP out that I can’t stop listening to, this will be as far as I know, their first NXNE. Playing the Agency Group show case at Supermarket, their big sound will take them to larger venues in no time. (8pm Supermarket)

Cousins – Dance, dance, dance. (9pm The Garrison)

Data Romance – From Vancouver, like the XX but dancier. (10pm Supermarket)

Beach Day – 60’s style, along the lines of Tennis, Dum Dum Girls, Cults. (11pm Handlebar)

Majical Cloudz – Yes, GOOD! (12am BLK BOX)

Chad Valley – See my former review. Sexy baby making electronic R&B. (12am Sidedoor)

Mickey Avalon – What a glam/vulgar  show this man will put on! (1am Lee’s Palace)


See Mickey Avalon at Yonge & Dundas square if you’re not too hungover to take the sun.

Hit www.nxne.com to check out more and listen to all the wonderful bands I just listed for you. Or, just trust my judgement.


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