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NXNE 2013: 16 picks, Off The Beaten Path

NXNE 2013: 16 picks, Off The Beaten Path

| 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.


Who: Santiago x The Natural

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

Where: Cherry Cola’s Rock n’ Rolla Cabaret & Lounge, Wednesday @ 12am

From: Montreal, QC

Why: 1977 Montreal punk band plays together for a year. Breaks up. 36 years later the band gets back together.

Los OxidadosWho:  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.


Who:  Imperial State Electric

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.

Lydia LovelessWho: 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?

Julian LynchWho:  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.


DustedWho:  Dusted

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.

Who:  Kevin McWha Steele & The Nightly Howl 

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.

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