Friday, June 20, 2014

TGIF: 8 Songs To Get You Pumped For NXNE Weekend

If you're in the city and plan to consume zero NXNE music this weekend, I'm not quite sure what to say. There are shows everywhere, of all varieties and sizes - Trinity Bellwoods, Yonge/Dundas Square, bars, restaurants, streetcars even. Don't be silly, get out and watch a band or two. If you're bracelet or badge-less, don't fret - there are tickets available at the door for shows. So, get there early, get a ticket, a sweet standing spot and beat the line to drinks.

Here are eight songs from artists playing this weekend in Toronto. See you around!

1. Huey Newton - St. Vincent: Well, Annie Clark is a goddess. And everyone should want to see the magic that happens at 2:38 go down live. Tonight, 9pm, YD Square

2. Brother - Mac DeMarco: Man, I can't get enough of this guy. Canadian, weird as hell and behind one of the sexiest songs of this year. Tonight, 11pm, Opera House

3. Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey (Ryan Hemsworth Remix): Ryan spins tonight at Adelaide Hall at 2am. I can't think of a better way to keep the party going past last call.

4. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb - Spoon: Whether playing in Spoon or Divine Fits, Britt Daniel is one of my favourite voices in rock. Ever. Saturday, 9pm, YD Square

5. Last Dance - Rhye: Fun fact: this was easily my most played album of 2013. I know every soulful note, start to finish. Saturday, 10pm, Massey Hall

6. Nowhere With You - Joel Plaskett: Who doesn't love Joel? He's a Canadian institution and is guaranteed to put on a wild party, likely with a gaggle of surprise friends. Saturday, 11pm, Horseshoe Tavern

7. Balance - Future Islands: I'll admit, I love the new Future Islands album - but I'm hoping that doesn't deter the quirky band from playing their amazing old stuff. I am a diehard In Evening Air fan. Saturday, 12am, Tattoo Rock Parlour

8. I'm Tired - Philly Moves: Why not throw some local and emerging into the mix? I go way back with these cats and trust me - their energetic live set doesn't disappoint. Saturday, 1am, Studio Bar

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