Watching “The Rebels (Listen Up),” the new video by local rap duo The Antiheroes, it’s hard to imagine that the group would ever have had a concert of theirs cancelled due to security concerns. They just look too damn nice.
The Antiheroes and Rich Kidd, who produced the beat for “The Rebels,” were both scheduled to perform during SmashMouth Entertainment’s June 13 showcase, as part of the North by Northeast music festival. The Rivoli cancelled the show at the last minute, after members of the Toronto Police Service’s Guns and Gangs Unit approached management at the venue with security concerns. According to the Antiheroes’ MC Flex, the exact reasons for the cancellation are still a mystery.
“The Rebels,” which features a guest verse from local rap veteran D-Sisive, is a sort of response to the misconceptions about hip-hop culture that the group believes led to that incident. From the start, Flex and his partner-in-rhyme, Sha Prince, aimed to make a video that stood out.
This man’s picture appears in the dictionary next to the word “stoked.”
Wu-Tang fans throw their “W’s” up at Yonge-Dundas Square.
As we shake off our hangovers and readjust to the rhythms of normal life, let’s take a minute to look at what we learned over the course of this year’s edition of North by Northeast. Keep reading: NXNE 2012: A Few Reflections
A sea of humanity at the Flaming Lips show at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday.
Like all good things, North by Northeast must eventually come to an end, but that’s probably for the best, because while we can’t speak for the rest of you, the Torontoist staff is thoroughly exhausted right now.
Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street)
June 17, 10 p.m.
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Sure, by this point you may feel like you’ve had your fill of rock ‘n’ roll, but Goodnight, Sunrise are just getting started. It’s somehow fitting that a group that knows how to embrace the pageantry of a good show (see below) are slated to play on the festival’s closing night. Their EP, Fragments, has been earning them some worthy accolades. We chatted with lead vocalists David Kochberg and Vanessa Vakharia to learn more about grand ambitions for the future. Keep reading: Who’s Playing NXNE: Goodnight, Sunrise
Archers Of Loaf
Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street)
June 16, 10 p.m.
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Not to be forgotten on the night of a hundred good shows, Archers of Loaf are a seminal indie rock band from North Carolina whose albums—like 1993′s debut, Icky Mettle—garnered them a cult following before the members went their separate ways in 1998. A reunion last year was accompanied by the reissue of their entire back catalogue by Merge Records (Arcade Fire, Spoon), and we talked recently to guitarist Eric Johnson about this exciting and gratifying time for the band.