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22 Acts to catch at NXNE 2015


NXNE is fast approaching, and it has been a real struggle to pick just a few shows for our Editor’s Choice. Here goes:


1. Blonde Redhead

Where: The Opera House

When: Wednesday, June 17th @ 10:00pm

Weaving a very special kind of dream pop/shoegaze for almost 3 decades, Blonde Redhead are a must.

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2. Ibeyi

Where: The Mod Club

When: Wednesday, June 17th @ 10:00pm

Cuban/French sensation Ibeyi are exploding this year. Who said trip-hop is a British affair?

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3. DillanPonders

Where: Adelaide Hall

When: Wednesday, June 17th @ 9:00pm

Gritty, uncompromising and uncensored hip-hop.

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4. Catholic Girls

Where: Coalition: T.O.

When: Wednesday, June 17th @ 11:00pm

Booming goth-rock, from Alberta of all places!

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5. Zola Jesus

Where: Lee’s Palace

When: Wednesday, June 17th @ 12:00am

Haunting and mesmerizing.

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6. Odonis Odonis

Where: The Opera House & The Garrison

When: Thursday, June 18th @ 8:00pm and Friday, 19th @ 11:00pm

A perfect mix of noise and melody. Home grown.

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7. A Place to Bury Strangers

Where: The Opera House

When: Thursday, June 18th @ 9:00pm

Guaranteed to make you dance, even if just in one place, looking at the floor.

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8. HSY

Where: The Horseshoe Tavern

When: Thursday, June 18th @ 11:00pm

You’ll feel dirty as a Catholic priest after this set.

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9. Vince Staples

Where: Berkeley Church

When: Thursday, June 18th @ 11:00pm

LA underground at it’s finest.

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10. Sannhet

Where: Berkeley Church

When: Thursday, June 18th @ 12:00am

Whoever put these two on the same bill is some sort of a genius. Faces, prepare to be melted!

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11. Gen Gorman

Where: Coalition: T.O.

When: Thursday, June 18th @ 12:00am

It’s poppy, it’s grungy, it’s every girl’s secret treasure.

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12. Elsa

Where: The Silver Dollar

When: Thursday, June 18th @ 1:00am

Lush dream pop to blissfully forget about the world to.

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13. Muuy Biien

Where: The Garrison

When: Friday, June 19th @ 8:00pm

From one listen to these guys you know the show is gonna be crazy.

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14. Votiiv

Where: The Garrison

When: Friday, June 19th @ 9:00pm

Dance music for dark souls.

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15. Girl Band

Where: The Garrison

When: Friday, June 19th @ 11:00pm

What would happen if all Joy Division songs were 7 minutes long? Now you’ll know the answer.

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16. Foam

Where: Smiling Buddha

When: Friday, June 19th @ 10:30pm

Oh, this is gonna be heavy and fun!

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17. OM

Where: The Opera House

When: Friday, June 19th @ 12:00am

Prepare to be elevated to higher states of consciousness.

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18. Best Coast

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square

When: Saturday, June 20th @ 8:00pm

We all know you people are gonna go see The New Pornographers anyway, so come a little early and enjoy!

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19. Obliterations

Where: Lee’s Palace

When: Saturday, June 20th @ 11:00pm

For all you hardcore kids out there!

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20. Jennifer Castle

Where: The Garrison

When: Saturday, June 20th @ 11:00pm

The only singer-songwriter on our list, because damn, she blows everyone else out of the water.

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21. Deafheaven

Where: Adelaide Hall

When: Saturday, June 20th @ 1:00am

This is where hipsters and metalheads come together. Even Pitchfork would agree.

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22. Saffron Sect

Where: Smiling Buddha

When: Saturday, June 20th @ 1:00am

Psychedelic in the best possible way. Woah, dude!

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Bonus: Amy

Where: Hot Docs Cinema

When: Saturday, June 20th @ 9:30pm

A finally released documentary about the late Amy Winehouse.

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