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NXNE 2012: How to Go Loud

In the spirit of Spinal Tap, here's how to turn your NXNE up to 11. (It's one louder.)

NXNE is an embarrassment of musical riches, but it can be hard to find the best acts. Even so, don’t panic. We have put together a comprehensive guide to the festival.

Keith Morris of OFF! at NXNE 2011. Photo by {a href=""}Jackman Chiu{/a}, from the {a href=""}Torontoist Flickr Pool{/a}.

Sometimes, when the world just doesn’t understand, all you want to do is let loose by ripping off your constricting T-shirt and mashing your body against a swarm of others in the throes of a mosh pit. Here’s how to maximize your potential for anarchy at NXNE.

What to Bring: The amazing thing about crowds at these types of shows is that they are all about accepting the outcasts. That means you can get away with bringing almost anything to this outing. Do you have shoulder pads with spikes on them? No sense leaving those in the closet. A pet iguana that hangs out on your shoulder? Yep, he’s welcome too.

Where to Go: Thursday night is your best bet. A lot of the biggest names at the festival this year are stalwarts from the California punk-rock scene. Bad Religion (9 p.m.) is headlining a free show at Yonge-Dundas Square on June 14 that also features No Use For A Name (7 p.m.) and Good Riddance (8 p.m.). If you find yourself wanting something even harder, check out local boys Protest The Hero (Lee’s Palace, midnight) for some face-melting math metal.

Dos and Don’ts: It may not come again, so do take the opportunity to crowd surf and head bang with abandon. Whatever you do, though, don’t let the loud and angry music turn you into that aggressive jerk who starts a fight.

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  • Anonymous

    For those of you at the Bad Religion show that want to continue the punk rock head over to The Detour Bar in Kensington Market for local punks This Mess, and some awesome punk and garage bands from elsewhere.