NXNE: How To Go Punk/Heavy
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NXNE: How To Go Punk/Heavy

Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 13–19 this year, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.

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Fucked Up at a show last year. Photo by lanny’s pics from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.


Are acoustic guitars so sincere they make you want to friggin’ puke? Think rap is for Christmas presents? Here’s how to get mental with NXNE’s heaviest, thrashiest, and slam-dancingest bands.
What to bring: Beer money. Because you’re going to be drinking lots of it unless you’re still xstraightedgex. A change of shirt is always handy for when you inevitably sweat through what you’re wearing. Alternatively, just wring out your soaked Minutemen or Manowar or Milo Goes to College shirt in the Bovine’s sink. Make sure to hang out with people who are cooler than you, so you can find out about all the last-minute secret shows. And bring plenty of smokes—plenty of people are going to want to bum smokes. Alternatively, bring no cigarettes. People are going to be bumming them off you all night anyways.
Where to go: There’s loads of great punk stuff, but an obvious highlight is the reunion of seminal California punk icons the Descendants (Yonge-Dundas Square, June 16). Local heroes Fucked Up are bound to rip out a few tracks from their new rock opera, David Comes to Life, as well (Wrongbar, June 16). Other big tickets are punk super-group OFF! (Horseshoe, June 17), Roy Vucino’s psych-garage thingamajig Red Mass (Great Hall, June 17) and Swervedriver are playing (Great Hall, June 17), if you consider Swervedriver a punk band. There’s honestly so much stuff, especially because NXNE is basically a de facto punk festival. But there’s not a lot of proper metal. What gives?
Dos and Don’ts: Make sure you have a bike to get around. And even though it pains us to be so responsible, and even though it’s really fun, don’t bike drunk. Just take a cab and then don’t pay for it instead. Or stumble drunk through Toronto’s handy network of alleys and parking lots. Do smoke and drink too much and scream your head off and act like an idiot and never sleep.

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