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This Week in Music: NXNE Sucks, Unofficial Shows, OVO Fest, DFA 1979, Tasha the Amazon, APB, Greys

Posted by Aubrey Jax / June 16, 2014

live Music torontoThis Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.

NXNE to host a panel called "WHY NXNE SUCKS" (yes, all caps)
Long story short, last week an interesting exchange happened between myself and NXNE after we reported on a disturbing Twitter conversation. The fest's been feeling the heat all year for their radius claus, non-transparency, use of SonicBids, not paying small bands, and more, but what happened between the fest director and Weird Canada's Aaron Levin was unusually odd. The director of NXNE has since deleted his heated communiques, generating interest in what exactly was said. No one needs to feel gas-lighted here, so we've documented the conversation as it stood when we posted about it last week. Read screencaps of the full Twitter convo here.

NXNEI'll be speaking at the actual WHY NXNE SUCKS panel (tellingly named by NXNE themselves, who have a reputation for taking a "haters gonna hate" stance to anyone who comes to them with genuine concerns) along with Paul Lawton (Ketamines), Daniel Seligman (Pop Montreal), and moderator Shaun Bowring (The Garrison). If you have any concerns you'd like to see addressed at the panel, email (off record or on) or come out to ask questions or speak concerns from the floor. OMG NXNE SUCKS LOL is free to attend Friday June 20, 1pm, Hyatt Regency Toronto (370 King St. West), Regency A, Mezzanine floor. Is it a trap?

Lil Wayne will be at OVO
Probably. Check out their tour dates together (starting a couple of days after OVO Fest) here. There's no Toronto date (probably) because OVO is a big fun secret. If I'm wrong I apologize in advance, but... Lil Wayne will be at OVO.

Death From Above 1979 announce new album
Death From Above 1979 seem serious about this new album The Physical World, which will allow them to tour the world they way they want, and play the music people want to hear. Or will they?

Airplane Boys drop Egos and Expectations album for free
The Beau Monde Collective has release APB's album Egos and Expectations for free - I'm not even sure why we get to be this lucky, but download it before they (or some major) take it down. Drake-style rap/r&b vocals, production's good, Scarborough tough/sensitive guy vibes, more macho than I was expecting from "Harvest" but I don't know these guys or where they're coming from. Check out "Under the Influence," "Different Worlds," "Industry People," (so Crystal Castles-y) "Scarborough Kids," and of course "Harvest."

Stream Greys new album If Anything
If Anything is all online. Spoiler: it's loud. Greys are one of Toronto's loudest hype bands - you can call them noise rock if you want. Check out our Breakout Band feature on Greys and then catch them at NXNE.

New Toronto songs & vids

Tasha the Amazon - Fearless and Peerless
"Half the people I meet make me want to claw their eyes out but who these kids look up to if I was serving 20 to life now?" Tasha, It's like you know my life (except for the Amazon vacation thing). Toronto ball-cap looks rad in the jungle in this nature-ific video. Lizards rule.

Man Made Hill - Speed Dating
Huckleberry Friend's fan vid for "Speed Dating"is like if David Cronenberg had a Tumblr as a very troubled teenager. The endless flashing pics really highlight the creepiness of the song.

Babe Rainbow - Falling Apart
Toronto producer Babe Rainbow's now teased three tracks from his upcoming album on Kinky Begger, Falling Apart. The title track is especially nice - download it via xlr8r here.

Hot ticket concerts

NXNE / various / until June 22
Those free Yonge and Dundas shows at Toronto's largest music fest run from Thursday to Sunday. From rap to indieTM to Swans, check out our preview of what to see at NXNE here including Future Islands on Toronto Island and some late night dance parties, and don't forget about the local bands playing NXNE and the load of free events like record swaps and in-stores to hit up.

Local hot ticket shows

Construction Unofficial NXNE / June 20 / 9pm / Double Double Land / PWYC $5-10
Digging this line up: New Zebra Kid, Wild Highways, and Zoo Owl will perform as part of Long Winter's summer series Construction at DDL on Friday. Check out our Breakout Band feature on Wild Highways here. The show is all ages, and you can pay on a sliding scale from $5-10

Unaffiliated / Artscape Gibraltar Point / June 22 / 2-11pm / $10
This unofficial NXNE show doesn't really want you to call it that, but it does want you to notice it's unaffiliated with the festival even though it occurs on the final Sunday. Unaffiliated Events (Halloway Jones & Julia Dickens), No Visible Means (Jesse Locke & Tom Avis) and Weird Canada will combine forces to bring Zacht Automaat, Petra Glynt, Man Made Hill and more to Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island along with food, refreshments and art installations.

Recently announced concerts

  • Darlene Shrugg / July 4 / Double Double Land
  • FKA Twigs / Aug 8 / Danforth Music Hall
  • Frog Eyes / Aug 29 / Drake Underground
  • Constantines opening for Arcade Fire / Aug 29 / Molson Amphitheatre
  • Fujiya & Miyagi / Aug 30 / Lee's Palace
  • Grouplove + Portugal, The Man / Sept 9 / Sound Academy
  • Califone + The War On Drugs / Sept 15 / The Phoenix
  • Ty Segall / Sept 21 / Danforth Music Hall
  • YACHT / Sept 26 / The Hoxton
  • Lykee Li / Sept 30 / Kool Haus
  • Alt-J / Nov 11 / Kool Haus

What we got up to this week

Future Islands photo by Adam Kissick



BooHoo / June 16, 2014 at 04:11 am
"Why do you assume we're friends?" asks Aaron Levin. Well, it took me all of two seconds to confirm that fact via Facebook. These cliques of self-aggrandizing bloggers - in all categories of culture - who overestimate their relevance & the value of their opinions grow more nauseating by the day.
paul / June 16, 2014 at 10:22 am
Who is the band in the header photo? I love them, just can't remember their name.
go home / June 16, 2014 at 10:34 am
Solid people/bloggers that document music like it's their religion are far and few between MFS is just that. A huge supporter of Toronto/Canadian music with an astonishingly huge tome of live recordings and reviews that go way back. NXNE is a joke and a total crapshoot for local bands. While all the people are catching shows and milling about town, good bloggers are actually working. MFS documents music. Self aggrandizing my ass, do your homework, see what it's like to struggle as a band for one nauseating minute music needs bloggers.
Aubrey replying to a comment from paul / June 16, 2014 at 10:53 am
It's Future Islands
Sloane replying to a comment from BooHoo / June 16, 2014 at 11:41 am
"Cliques of self-aggrandizing bloggers"

and what do you do to contribute to the Toronto music landscape, exactly?
Phil Resch / June 16, 2014 at 11:52 am
Peter Murphy tonight, yo!
Waste of Time / June 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm
NXNE has become what CMW already turned into. A ripoff for local bands, shitty attitudes, know it all self righteousness and a total waste of hope and desire for both upcoming and established bands. A pathetic joke.
Aaron Levin / June 16, 2014 at 01:02 pm
I believe I'm speaking on this panel as well.

BooHoo: two things:

1. To assume two marginalized groups are "friends" is incredibly offensive. Do you assume that Ted Rogers and James Shaw are friends because they both "provide cable and internet services"? Of course not. You take their work seriously. When you demote the work of mutually-invested arts organizations to the level of "friendship" you misunderstand and misrepresent the work they do and their importance. This disrespectful misunderstanding of local, diy arts organizations is exactly what has led NXNE into the quandary it's in now.

2. If you think a Friend Connection on Facebook equates to a real life "friend", you're going to have a bad time.
Dave / June 16, 2014 at 06:51 pm
I think the 45-day exclusion policy, when combined with CMW shifting closer to NXNE is easily the biggest flaw of this year, especially for local bands.
jude replying to a comment from K / June 17, 2014 at 10:29 am
people who need to bring homophobic insults into the conversation are the ones who need to stfu. you contribute nothing to the conversation.
Sandman / June 17, 2014 at 03:17 pm
Not really sure why we should endorse hip hop & RnB,if Justin Bieber can popularize this uncreative pablum drivel, then any unintelligent low IQ person can....


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