Our recommendations for today at NXNE include an array of jizz-jazz-erful rock ballads and more experimental electronic music. Read on to see what shows we suggest you catch.
1. Alvvays (DREAM POP/ROCK)
Mod Club Theatre – Friday, June 20 @ 9 PM // Yonge Dundas Square – Saturday, June 21 @ 6:30 PM
Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes, and a love of jingle-jangle. When they played last year, there wasn’t much to go on outside of opening slots for the likes of The Joy Formidable, Joel Plaskett, and Wintersleep. It’s nice to see the hometown quintet has come a long way – racking up their own headlining shows, some Pitchfork coverage, and a collection of sweet pop melodies.
2. Mac de Marco (‘jizz jazz’)
The Opera House – Friday, June 20 @ 11 PM
Whenever you see Mac DeMarco, it’s pretty much guaranteed to get weird. Because when you title your album ‘Salad Days’ and self-describe your music as “Jizz Jazz,” you have to be a little off-the-wall. Given his much thrown-around title as the king of slacker rock and his general goofy behaviour, we can’t see anyone questioning his intentions – but people just might be surprised by how great the music and his live show really is.
3. Beliefs (SHOEGAZE/DREAM POP)
159 Manning – Friday, June 20 @ 1:45 PM // Friday, June 20 @ 11 PM
After bonding over a love of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive, and My Blood Valentine, Beliefs has spent the last three-plus years melding together a collage of sounds and fuzzy dream pop. They’ve shared stages with the likes of A Place To Bury Strangers, The Men, Suuns, and Toy, and also showed up on Hand Drawn Dracula’s tribute to Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ – contributing a hazy, sheogaze take on “Heart-Shaped Box.”
4. Cities Aviv (HIP-HOP/ELECTRONIC)
Mod Club Theatre – Friday, June 20 @ 10 PM
Mixing an array of musical influences with a rich heritage of Memphis rap, Cities Aviv’s street gospel stylings affix themselves in union with the eternal essence and exist outside of the confines of trend, genre, or time-signature. It all flows organically within the digital corridor.
5. ERIK LIND & THE ORCHARD (FOLK)
Baltic Avenue – Friday, June 20 @ 11 PM
Erik Lind & The Orchard is a band from Montreal who sing (non-exclusively) about Canadian winters, love-hate relationships with one’s hometown, and forest fires. Thanks to sing-along choruses, dynamic rhythmic changes, swelling guitar lines, and memorable hooks, there’s comparisons to be had with Canadian greats like Wintersleep, Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers, and Great Lake Swimmers.
6. Oneohtrix point never (ELECTRONIC/EXPERIMENTAL)
The Great Hall – Friday, June 20 @ 12 AM
Last year kept Daniel Lopatin busy. As Oneohtrix Point Never he released ‘R Plus Seven,’ his ninth album and his Warp Records label debut; collaborated on the score for the 2013 Sofia Coppola film ‘The Bling Ring’; toured distant continents; and shared the stage with Sigur Rós. He favours the ambient and the experimental, and the critics love him for it – Bleep listing ‘R Plus Seven’ as their best album of 2013.
7. Conrad Clifton (ELECTRONIC/TRAP)
Studio Bar – Friday, June 20 @ 1:20 AM
Brooklyn-based composer and artist Conrad Clifton creates a unique brand of electronic music that’s highly infectious. Translating his knowledge of hip-hop, trap, bass, and garage – along with his love of all things “musically abstract” – creates innovative original compositions in a similar category as artists such as Hudson Mohawke, Tokimonsta, XXYYXX, and Ta-Ku.
8. Delta Will (INDIE ROCK)
Baltic Avenue – Friday, June 20 @ 1 AM
Delta Will is both a band making spacey art rock songs and an interstellar visitor who is fascinated with humanity and its musical traditions. RIYL Grizzly Bear, Local Natives, and Dawes.
All band bios taken from nxne.com.