NXNE’s lineup tonight is so unreal that we couldn’t resist recommending you a couple extra shows to check out. Montreal artists are on heavy rotation tonight in Toronto at both the Pop Montreal and Passovah showcases – make sure to catch one of them!
1. How Sad (SYNTH POP)
Dakota Tavern – Thursday, June 19 @ 11 PM
How Sad started out in Montreal as the nom de guerre attached to a handful of personal bedroom recordings, but quickly morphed into a band playing hook-laden synth pop tailored towards live performance. An underlying sombre tone to the lyrics is juxtaposed to relentlessly energetic music, making for an explosive combination.
2. Odonis Odonis (SHOEGAZE/ROCK)
Yonge Dundas Square – Thursday, June 19 @ 5:30 PM // The Garrison – Thursday, June 19 @ 1 AM
3. Dana Falconberry (FOLK/INDIE)
Mod Club Theatre – Thursday, June 19 @ 7 PM // NXNE Festival Village at Edward Day Gallery – Friday, June 20 @ 10 PM
The colloquialism “caddywhompus” is defined by such adjectives as “uneven,” “crooked,” and “out of whack” – a list which could, in some instances, allude to the mind-bending sounds of the experimental noise-pop band who bears said name but whom can otherwise be described thus: spot on. Song structures alternate between sweet psychedelic indie ballads to the most intense, ear-splitting of noise-driven crescendos. This is the sonic rapture for both veteran punks and seasoned hipsters.
5. Freeze-Tag (NEO-SOUL/ELECTRONIC)
6. Wake Island (WEIRD ROCK)
Dakota Tavern – Thursday, June 19 @ 10 PM
Bringing waves of synths and making moody, spaced-out rock, Montreal’s Wake Island is an exchange between four musicians from Lebanon, the USA, and Canada. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural differences, the band craft an inherently modern sound that’s informed by eclectic artists such as Grizzly Bear, Talking Heads, and Joy Division.
7. Young Magic (Dream POP/ELECTRONICA)
Adelaide Hall – Thursday, June 19 @ 1 AM
Young Magic is the sonic pairing between Indonesian vocalist Melati Malay and Australian producer Isaac Emmanuel. Although currently based in New York, the eclectic outfit has recorded music whilst traversing the four corners of the earth. They bring with them a labyrinth of phantom harmonies and crystalline beats.
8. Tim Hecker (AMBIENT/ELECTRONIC)
The Great Hall – Thursday, June 19 @ 1 AM
POP MONTREAL X NEXT @ NXNE
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina ave)
3am – Heat (Montreal)
2am – B-17 (Toronto)
1am – Seoul (Montreal)
12am – Julie Fader (Toronto)
11pm – You’ll Never Get to Heaven (London, ON)
10pm – Language Arts (Toronto)
9pm – Look Vibrant (Montreal)
8pm – Diamond Bones (Montreal)
PASSOVAH @ NXNE
The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Ave)
All band bios taken from nxne.com