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)
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)
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.