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This Week in Music: NXNE announces more shows, The Box Tiger releases new single, Billy Talent hits the ACC

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

IN THE NEWS

NXNE adds Social Distortion and more to lineup

NXNE is always one of the most anticipated festivals of the year for Toronto music lovers, and this year's is shaping up to be one for the ages. This year's event, which runs from June 10-16 in various venues across the city, already includes shows by Big Boi, The National, Millencolin, and more. Last week, more shows were added, including Social Distortion, Coeur de Pirate, Fucked Up, Smif N' Wessun, White Lung, The Soft Moon, and more. A complete list of acts, as well as ticketing and wristband options, can be found on NXNE's official website.

Toronto pop-rockers The Box Tiger unleash new single

Their forthcoming album, Set Fire, might not be due out until June, but The Box Tiger isn't making their fans wait that long to hear their latest single. The track, Knives, was released by the band last week, and it's a banger - a great introduction to the group's music if you're not already familiar with it. In addition to the song, the band is also set to head out on tour in April and May. They'll be playing several shows throughout Ontario, as well as a handful of U.S. dates. Check out the complete list of shows on the band's official site.

THIS WEEK'S HOT TICKETS

TUESDAY APRIL 2 / THE DEAR HUNTER / THE MOD CLUB / 722 COLLEGE / $16.50 / 19+

Rhode Island indie-rockers The Dear Hunter, led by Casey Crescenzo, will take the stage at the Mod Club on the same day as the release of their fifth album, Migrant. Not to be confused with the darker sounds of Atlanta's Deerhunter, this quarter specializes in a more progressive sounding indie rock that is quite accessible. For less than 20 bucks, this show is definitely a no-brainer. Naive Thieves will also be on hand to offer support.

FRIDAY APRIL 5 / BILLY TALENT / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY / $54 - $65 / ALL AGES

They've gone from humble beginnings in Streetsville to one of Canada's most well-known and respected bands, so there's no denying that Billy Talent has had a hell of a ride since the release of their self-titled album in 2003. Their fourth album, Dead Silence, was released this past fall, and it's considered to be somewhat of a departure from the band's typical sound. This show will feature support from Sum 41, Hollerado, and Indian Handicrafts - quite a decent little lineup.

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Photo of Billy Talent courtesy of ansik on Flickr.


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