Zoobombs courtesy of Zoobombs.
Is this festival still going? Because the party force within us is weakening. Between having out-of-town bands crash on our floors day-round and bars taunting us until 4 a.m. (oh, and that music stuff too), we are just about ready for bed and it’s only Saturday. But alas we must rally, coffee in one fist and—for a limited time only—computer in the other. Preview post go!
MusicWe said it before, and we’ll say it again, go see garageheads Zoobombs (Tokyo, Japan) for NXNE sets #2 and #3, this time at Yonge & Dundas Square (2:30 p.m.) and Velvet Underground (11 p.m.). Always ridiculous, always a different show from the last, they work hard to make their travel time count. So be a dear and help them out in exchange for being beaten in the head by unbridled entertainment. They’ve opened for the Flaming Lips, c’mon.
Nothing good to see at the Horseshoe tonight. Jokes! Tonight boasts a stacked bill, chockablock full of indie CBC Radio 3 elite: Woodpigeon (Calgary, AB), DD/MM/YYY, Ruby Coast, Jason Collett (all Toronto), Hot Panda (Edmonton, AB), and The Lovely Feathers (Montreal, QC). We won’t warn you about lines. You know what’s up.
If sunshine is your thing, Yonge & Dundas Square looks shockingly good nearly all day today (bit more on that later). But an enticing option B is the adorable No Shame + Daps Duo all ages NXNE barbecue and day show extravaganza featuring all your favourite cute bands like Spiral Beach, Laura Barrett, and the “nintendo-punk-rap” stylings (seriously) of Times Neue Roman, alongside the best special guests of the whole festival: lemonade and charred meat.
Whippersnapper is good yet again with its Hand Drawn Dracula showcase featuring Casey Mecija (from Ohbijou) in a split set with the delightfully sensitive and strange Evening Hymns at 9 p.m., By Divine Right at 11 p.m., followed by former-By-Divine-Right-er turned Holy Fuck frontman, Brian Borcherdt (with a decidedly un-Holy-Fuck-ish acoustic set).
The Wooden Sky courtesy of The Wooden Sky.
Tonight is also a night of tough choices. One comes courtesy of two super-rad super-lo-fi super-local acts, Teen Anger and Little Girls (at Silver Dollar and Sneaky Dee’s, respectively, both in the 11 p.m. slot). Little Girls have got the hype machine churning at their backs with the recent release of their EP on Paper Bag Digital, not to mention being featured in Torontoist’s incredibly prestigious and equally modest Sound Advice column. And Teen Anger just plain rule.
The next choice is how to close out the night, and the city’s indie rock set (or at least the portion of it that get turned away from the Horseshoe) is collectively sighing about having to choose between simultaneous 1 a.m. headlining sets by burgeoning local folky-rock dudes The Wooden Sky (at the El Mocambo) and Pitchfork dolls Crystal Antlers (at Sneaky Dee’s). Well sigh no more, sadfaces; instead of sending one of your babies to sea, just catch Crystal Antlers’ free afternoon show at Yonge & Dundas Square at 4:30 instead! And while you’re at it, grab a falafel and prolong this fleeting time outside by sticking around for sets by Japanther and Youth Brigade (about which there’s also a documentary playing at the fest) before hunkering back down in your dark club of choice for the remainder of the night (both the aforementioned venues are solid tonight).
That said, if you can keep your hand off the Pitchfork bible for a minute, the actual right answer for the 1 a.m. slot is to lose your mindgrapes to the American Midwest’s most influential punk band: Dillinger Four (Minneapolis, MN). They’re playing at Lee’s with C’mon (Sir Ian Blurton of yesterday’s big draw Change of Heart‘s current band), Burning Brides (Los Angeles, CA), TRIGGERFINGER (Antwerp, Belgium), and Toronto punk scene staples Hostage Life. Seriously, do it.
FilmYour best bet is probably I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store, a documentary about the evolution (or devolution) of how we consume music featuring interviews with awesome folks like Thurston Moore, Ian Mackaye, Noam Chomsky, Mike Watt, Patterson Hood, Lenny Kaye, Chris Frantz, Legs McNeil and Bob Gruen. Director Brendan Toller will be in attendance. Rock.
ConferenceFab 5 Freddy is interviewing Wu-Tang’s GZA. It will be awesome… if you’ve got a pass. Actually, if you don’t have a pass, it’ll still be awesome; you just won’t get in.
Tomorrow: sleep! (But first, more shows).