North To The North To The East
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North To The North To The East

2005_06_09NxNE.gifThe biggest event going on this week, obviously, is NxNE. While not as epic in scope as the Austin-based music fest from which it gets its name, NxNE usually offers up a broad musical buffet for local punters to pick from. This year’s lineup seems to be a little bit lighter on the big name acts than year’s past, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything worth your attention. Here’s some Torontoist-approved picks for the next three nights. Some are sure things, some are gambles but if you’re up for checking out something new, they’re all worth a look. Also, check out picks from The Toronto Star, NOW and eye.
2005_06_09Catlow.jpgThursday, June 9:
There’s a strong Vancouver flavour on the first night of the fest, as ex-Dirtmitt Natasha Thirsk previews material from her new incarnation as Catlow midnight at the Cameron House, synth-friendly power poppers Bella are at the Drake at 11PM and Hinterland gaze at their shoes at the El Mocambo upstairs at 11 PM. At the ElMo downstairs at midnight, Philly-based Nick Hornby-favourites Marah keep the rock alive. Also noteworthy are Edmonton’s Shout Out Out Out at the Horseshoe at 1AM, London’s Parkas at Clintons (11PM) and Montreal’s Pony Up! at Club 279 at 11PM.
Friday, Saturday and non-NxNE picks after the jump.

2005_06_09Dears.jpgFriday, June 10:
The big show of the night is The Dears’ headlining gig at the Phoenix, but don’t expect that means gigs like the Paper Bag night at the Gladstone featuring Uncut, Fembots, Magneta Lane and The Deadly Snakes won’t be packed to the gills. Also going down Friday – Vancouver pop machine The Yoko Casionos at the El Mocambo at 9pm, Chicago’s oddly named and oddly compelling Quasar Wut Wut are at the Bagel at midnight, Toronto’s favourite space cowboys The Frontier Index are at the Drake at 12AM and you can either choose between the hepped-up rock attack of the Meligrove Band at the Horseshoe at 11PM or the smooth pop sounds of The Ladies & Gentlemen just down the street at the Rivoli, also at 11.
2005_06_09NewYorkDolls.jpgSaturday, June 11:
This year’s token “big international act” is the re-formed punk legends The New York Dolls, who will take the stage at the Phoenix, tickets $29.50. Those looking for something a little less geriatric could check out New Wave pop sounds of The Gardens Faithful and the alt.countrified rock of Friday Morning’s Regret at the Gladstone at 11PM and 12AM, respectively. Blues Exploder Jon Spencer’s new outfit Heavy Trash is at the Horseshoe with The Sadies, and you’ve also got ex-Heavy Blinker Ruth Minnikin at Art Bar at 1AM and sonic anarchists Hopewell & The Birds Of Appetite in the 11PM slot at Healey’s.
And if that’s not enough music for you, check out the non-NxNE shows over the next seven days.
Thursday, June 9:
Headlining what’s becoming an annual tradition of anti-NxNE shows, Oakland’s Gris Gris are at the Comfort Zone with a constantly shift lineup of local indie rock luminaries, possibly including the SS Cardiacs, Femme Generation, The Creeping Nobodies and/or The Two Koreas. Check Stille Post for constant updates. $10 gets you into the festivities. Another sure bet is Martha Wainwright at the Mod Club.
Friday, June 10:
Because one night of flipping off NxNE isn’t enough, Montreal’s Wolf Parade headlines a show at the Silver Dollar along with Tangiers, No Dynamics and Action Makes. Again, cover is $10 if it’s not sold out already – a very distinct possibility.
Saturday, June 11:
The Caribou-curated “Tooth And Nail Perennial” festival/show goes down at the Opera House and features, in addition to the former Manitoba, Four Tet, Sunburned Hand Of Man, Junior Boys and The Russian Futurists, tickets $17.50.
Sunday, June 12:
Great Lake Swimmers headline a bill including an acoustic Polmo Polpo at the Drake, and Ivy bring their sophisticated euro-pop to Lee’s Palace, tickets $12.50
Monday, June 13:
Those who like seeing their iPod commercials live should check out The Caesars at the Mod Club. For the modest cover of $12.50, you also get entertainment from Sweden’s Shout Out Louds and Brooklyn’s The Hong Kong. You can’t beat that with a stick.
Tuesday, June 14:
SubPop popsters Rogue Wave preview material from their forthcoming album Descended Like Vultures at the El Mocambo along with labelmates The Helio Sequence, cover $10. And if you’re looking something a little more jagged and/or British, next big thing candidates Maximo Park are at Lee’s Palace – tickets $13.50.
Wednesday, June 15:
Local metal venue The Kathedral plays host to the decidedly non-metal bill of Copeland, Rainer Maria and Denison Whitmer. The $12 admission charge does not include protection for emo kids from the Kathedral’s usual clientele.
And that’s the next seven days in a nutshell. Thanks to Zoilus’ June Gig Guide for guiding us through June’s gigs.