NXNE 2013: 16 picks, Off The Beaten Path
Sherry | On 12, Jun 2013
NXNE 2013 is upon us. Everyone wants your attention. Without a doubt the buzz of ‘what’s hot’ and ‘the places to be seen at’ are deafening. SASSYTIDBITS is taking the ‘off the beaten path’ approach and looking at acts playing smaller clubs, earlier time slots or picked just because we like them. Here are 16 artists that we believe are worth checking out.
Where: Crawford Wednesday @ 11pm
From: Chicago, IL
Why: Groove. Hip Hop. “You gotta believe me” “Somethings got a hold of me”. They opened for Talib Kweli.
Who: Tommy Brunett
Where: The Dakota Wednesday @ 11pm
From: New York, NY
Why: Rock n’ roll tangled with country always leads to a tear in your beer.
Who: The Normals
From: Montreal, QC
Why: 1977 Montreal punk band plays together for a year. Breaks up. 36 years later the band gets back together.
Who: Los Oxidados
Where: The Hideout Wednesday @ 1am or Cherry Cola’s Rock N Rolla Cabaret & Lounge Saturday @ 11pm
From: Mexico City, Mexico
Why: Rocking Mexican four-piece with surf, western, and garage vibes. Instrumental good times and a good way of living.
Where: Dundas Square Thursday @ 6pm or Bovine Sex Club Friday @ 2am
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Why: Nicke Andersson from legendary Swedish garage rockers The Hellacopters and the death metal Entombed. Guaranteed to be a guitar shredding good time.
Who: Lydia Loveless
Where: Lee’s Palace Thursday @ 10pm
From: Columbus, OH
Why: Little girl. Big voice. Rockin’ the country. Patsy Cline + Frank Turner = Lydia Loveless.
Who: Dan Deacon
Where: The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern @ 12am
From: Baltimore, MD
Why: Baltimore-based electronic tunes. Word on the street is about his insane live shows. He has a smartphone app and worked on contemporary classical compositions.
Who: Mikal Cronin
Where: The Silver Dollar Room @ 12am
From: San Francisco, CA
Why: Words like: garage rock, lo-fi, shambling, multi-instrumentalist and if you care he comes Pitchfork-approved.
Who: Dana Sipos
Where: C’est What @ 8pm
From: Yellowknife, NT
Why: From the north comes folk pop likened to minstrels of yesteryear.
Who: Kayla Luky
Where: Cameron House Friday @ 8pm, Tranzac Friday @1am
From: Granview, MB
Why: ‘Banjo-driven boot-stomps’ is in her description. Do we really need to say anything else?
Who: Julian Lynch
Where: Sneaky Dee’s Friday @ 11pm
From: Brooklyn, NY
Why: Atmospheric songs fused with instrument upon instrument layers. Makes your mind warm and cozy. Will be interesting to see him perform live. For those that like: Air, Yeasayer and Joseph Arthur.
Who: St. Lucia
Where: Wrongbar @ 12am
From: Brooklyn, NY
Why: Talked about by many for the synth electronic pop. Definitely a line-up.
Where: St. James Gazebo Saturday @ 7pm , The Garrison Saturday @ 11pm
From: Toronto, ON
Why: We love all that Brian Borcherdt does! Dreamy, fuzzy, beautiful songs. And yes, we do know, that this is one of those ‘talked about acts’ and rightfully so.
Who: Dusty Sunshine
Where: Dakota Tavern @ 9pm
From: Las Vegas, NV
Why: Six ladies from Las Vegas singing songs about love, crushes and jail. If you like the Americana, this will be a must-see.
Who: South of France
Where: Hideout Saturday @ 12am
From: Los Angeles/Denver, CA
Why: Harmonies married to 60’s psych rock of the Sonics and 90’s indie rock of Real Estate = hand claps and a good time.
Where: Czehoski @ 1am
From: New York, NY
Why: An NYC-based poet, lyricist, and songwriter sings in French and English. They say 70s-style pre-glam Bowie sound, which is a lot to live up to.
There are still bands playing, but we will probably be resting by checking out the ART at NXNE. More on that later.