This Week in Music: NXNE schedule, World Pride additions, Dan Deacon + DIANA, Skrillex, Chris Isaak
This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
NXNE schedule announced
Summer shouldn't be stressful, and summer festivals definitely shouldn't be stressful, but we all know that life isn't fair. NXNE offers a few choices to Toronto music fans who possess varying degrees of neuroses/commitmentphobia (pass holders or not) each year.
- 1. Stress out and make an obsessive schedule using their online Schedulizer (all times and dates of each act's set/sets have now been posted, including Yonge-Dundas Square). Realize you will never be able to astral project from venue to venue.
- 2. Wait to see what your stressed out schedulizing friends (at blogTO - and yes, we will be posting our free events guide again) are going to.
- 3. Plan nothing, end up a few choice/random shows (possibly while wasted. What was that band at that place called? You will never know).
- 4. Ignore the madness altogether, knowing radius clause or not, all these bands will be back in town playing less hectic shows within a few months. Well, maybe you'll go to one free party.
World Pride line up additions
World Pride has puffed up its music line up: Yonge-Dundas Square will feature Against Me!, The Cliks, Robin S, CeCe Peniston, Rich Aucoin, and Hunter Valentine. Lydia Lunch and Pansy Division will be at Alterna-Queer (Alexander Parkette) and Peaches, Lightfires, Estelle, Kristina Maria, Diana King, Jully Black, the House of Xtravaganza Carole Pope, and the Parachute Club have been added as well. Check out the World Pride website here.
Dan Deacon, DIANA, Digits / May 29 / Adelaide Hall, (205 Adelaide St. West)
Affordable ticket of the week is this Red Bull Sound Select / Wavelength show at Adelaide Hall featuring heavy alteration: Dan Deacon, DIANA, and Digits share the bill. RSVP and show up early to get in for a mere $3.
Mothership Tour 2014 / May 30-31 / Echo Beach / 5pm / $75
I'll let Ben Boles take this one: we've heard your Skrillex jokes, and a lot of them are pretty funny, but the guy is a superstar for a reason, and it definitely isn't his haircut. Haters can hate, but the guy knows how to rock a giant festival stage. And really, what's wrong with bass lines that sound like Transformers puking?
Local hot ticket
Absolutely Free, Jason Doell, Swiss Dice / May 30 / 8pm / Mercer Union / 1286 Bloor West / $10
Mercer Union's gallery is always worth a visit, so long as the door price isn't a hundred billion dollars (for events it usually is). Absolutely Free, composer Jason Doell, and Swiss Dice will start your Friday off right.
- The top concerts in Toronto May 2014
- The top 5 dance parties in Toronto May 2014
- 20 must-see spring concerts in Toronto
- The top 10 metal, punk and hardcore shows in Toronto
- The top 5 spring music festivals in Toronto for 2014
- Just Shows
Recently announced concerts
- Great Lake Swimmers, The Rural Alberta Advantage / July 8 / Massey Hall
- Destroyer (solo), Basia Bulat / July 10 / Massey Hall
- OOIOO / July 22 / Lee's Palace
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / August 26 / Air Canada Centre
- Chris Isaak / August 27 / Massey Hall
- How To Dress Well / September 12 / The Mod Club
- Com Truise / September 18 / Coda
- Bonobo / September 20 / Wrongbar
What we got up to this week
- A brief history of Sneaky Dee's
- 10 under the radar folk, blues & roots venues in Toronto
- Breakout Toronto Bands: Greys
- Musical super-groups to collide in Kensington Market
- The top 5 R&B artists to watch in Toronto
- TO label celebrates 5 years with Constantines reissue
- Japanese bands rock Rivoli for Next Music from Tokyo
Dan Deacon photo by Caesar Sebastian on Flickr