Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 13–19 this year, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.
Sweet Thing’s Owen Carrier. Photo by Corbin Smith/Torontoist.
Deux. Dos. Due. Dois. Zwei. There are lots of ways to say “two,” but only one way to listen to it: to go out and explore what Day 2 of NXNE has to offer. Our picks:
Fucked Up/OFF!/Descendents Showcase
Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas Street East), 8–10:40 p.m.
What, do you hate fun or something? Fucked Up and Off! get a chance to open for the Descendents. You get a chance to see the Descendents.
The Dodos, Deerhoof
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne Street), 9–11 p.m.
If you like crowds—but not, like, Yonge-Dundas Square crowds—the lineup of indie oddballs is sure to draw its fair share of NXNE-goers. The Dodos (who we talked to earlier this week) are still bass drum–less, which drummer Logan Kroeber makes up for with the tambourine on his foot, and Deerhoof, with their blend of electro/experimental/rock/pop/noise, is one of the few “cult” band to play arena stages, release 11 albums, and last over 17 years.
Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9 p.m.
The Luyas is a mashup of members from Miracle Fortress, Bell Orchestre, Torngat, and formerly Arcade Fire. In other words: Montreal indie music concentrate. See them now before the Grammys decide they’re cool and it becomes a viral joke to pretend to not know who they are.
Boys Who Say No
918 Bathurst (918 Bathurst Street), 10 p.m.
The rollicking roots-rockers, with a wealth of performing experience on camera and stage as well as with instruments, put on a great live show, and they’re anchoring a terrific bill at the 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, one of the newest festival venues.
The Two Koreas
Velvet Underground (510 Queen Street West), 10 p.m.
This one time these guys opened for Wire at Lee’s Palace and it was kind of like seeing Wire twice. Which is perfect. (Also, something like half the masthead of the Grid is in this band.)
Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), 11 p.m.
Toronto’s Allie Hughes has built up a pretty good track record of putting on highly entertaining performances that rely heavily on her musical theatre background. We hear we could be in for a German-inspired set tonight. Sauerkraut for all!
The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 12 a.m.
A hit single included on the soundtrack for the movie Easy A, a number of clever self-made videos, a sublime recent CBC Radio 2 acoustic performance, a reputation for a endlessly energetic live show: Sweet Thing are a safe bet for a great show, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re followed by Bruce Peninsula at 1 a.m., who won’t be performing again until their new album Open Flames is released this fall.(
Recommendations by Carly Conway, Steve Fisher, Carly Maga, and John Semley.