There’s plenty of music to familiarize yourself with on the NXNE Artists list – and, in case you were wondering, plenty more to come – but we’re going to spend some time in the lead up to June giving you a quick rundown on some acts you might want to add to your schedule. (No, the schedule isn’t out yet. Yes, it is coming.)
To start the whole “spotlight” thing, we’re sticking close to home with The Maladies of Adam Stokes.
Band Members: Kohji Nagata (brass, guitar) / Brett Harris (bass) / Josh Awerbuck (guitar) / Emily Anderson (piano) / Ted Turner (drums) / Mikey Hill (guitar, vocals)
From: Toronto (mostly – 50% of the band was born & raised in the city, the other three are from Newmarket, Scarborough, and Meadowvale)
Album(s): City of Trees (2012)
For Fans Of: Attack in Black, Constantines, The Wooden Sky, and folk rock
Fun Fact(s): Mikey Hill is capable of writing you a prescription. Outside of the band, he’s a doctor who spends his time saving the lives of kids, donating his time to clinic duty, and working with the World Wildlife Fund. So, you know… He makes the rest of us look bad. The band is named after a book (“The Maladies of Adams-Stokes Affairs of the Heart”) Hill came across during medical school, clearly making all that time spent in the library worth it. In equally impressive facts, the band (or at least Level 5 Laser Lotus Brett Harris) appear to be fans of Community. Six seasons and a movie, guys.
More on The Maladies of Adam Stokes at their website & follow them on Twitter.
Tickets for NXNE 2014 are available here.
We’ve already announced plenty of keynote speakers, presenters, and panelists set for NXNE Interactive 2014. Full scheduling details are on the way, but for now here’s a brief roundup on just a few people headed to the festival. Below, prep yourself some water cooler talk and familiarize yourself with some of the faces you’ll see this year & topics to be discussed.
NXNE Interactive badges are available here.
What do driving in Los Angeles, electronic cigarettes, and stand up comedy have in common? They’re all discussed in these online audio clips between Marc Maron and Lewis Black. What a coincidence. You can hear these clips over on IFC.
When you’re leaving a message with Eminem, prepare to have your voicemail immortalized forever. We’re pretty sure Paul Rosenberg is well aware of this fact, so him being heard on “The Monster Explained” is likely no surprise.
You might not be entirely familiar with the name Yoni Bloch, but you probably (hopefully) paid attention last year when Bob Dylan finally released a video for “Like a Rolling Stone.” It was worth the wait, and you can thank Bloch and his band – they’re behind Interlude, the start-up that made the video possible (a video that’s been watched by more than 70 million people.) Watch his interview on the platform and interactive video with Bloomberg below.
Before Rhye play NXNE 2014, you can enjoy another part of Michael Milosh’s musical and visual output.
During the recording of his fourth album, Jetlag, Milosh and his wife, Alexa Nikolas, spent time taking photos. The result is the Jetlag Photo Exhibit & Album Listening Launch. Join us for the opening reception on April 17th, 2014 at Moniker Gallery (452 Richmond St. W) from 7-10 pm.
To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com.
Can’t make the opening? No worries – the exhibit runs until April 25th.
Believe your eyes this week because there’s even more news on artists headed to NXNE 2014. Yes. Double the news. Yes. We’re as excited as you are.
Please don’t be this guy when you see St. Vincent at NXNE. Please. (Unless you’re actually Fred Armisen, because then you can be whoever you want to be, really.)
Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss discusses playing live and playing festivals. Hey, what do you know – we’re a festival.
Do you think A$AP Ferg would teach us how to freestyle? Because when we try, it definitely doesn’t sound like ‘Petit Valley.’
Ryan Hemsworth is a cool DJ. How cool? He put out a mix for it with the explanation: “FIRST MIX OF 2014 AND IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK. THIS IS WHAT MY BRAIN FEELS LIKE AND IT’S WEIRD. LISTEN TO THIS ON HEADPHONES WHEN YOU’RE ZOOTED ON A GREYHOUND BUS HEADING HOME THINKING ABOUT HER PERFECT FACE.”
Courtney Barnett talks to Drowned in Sound about her love of normal, boring things.
LA Weekly talks Kelela about everything from telemarketing to Solange Knowles.
NPR’s got your first listen to Ratking’s So It Goes. So, you know, go.
If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, then a) give us some and b) spend it reading Perfect Pussy’s “sprawling, endless” interview with Death and Taxes.
Until The Ribbon Breaks
The interviews keep on coming – this time between Until The Ribbon Breaks and @ARTISTdirect.
Tickets for NXNE 2014 are, as always, available here.
Stop listening to whatever it is you’re listening to and listen to this instead. Dip back through NXNE’s 20 year anniversary with this Songza playlist of some festival favourites from year’s past + some artists headed our way for the 2014 edition of the fest.
Of course if you like what you hear through your headphones/speakers, you’re going to like it even more live. Remember to pick up your NXNE badges/wristbands here & take advantage of the early bird sale – available until the end of April.
Continuing our series of interviews with people with long, rich histories with NXNE and the Canadian music scene in general, we pick up our throwbacks with Steve Jordan – the founder and executive director of the Polaris Music Prize.
A former A&R exec at Warner Music Canada and True North Records, Jordan tell us about his memories of the festival. He hopefully has a lot of them: he’s been coming every year since we first started NXNE. So if we had honorary sashes to give out… well, he’d probably get all of them.
When did you start coming to NXNE?
The first year, whenever that was. Oh yeah, 20 years ago. Haven’t missed one.
In what capacity have you been part of NXNE?
A&R vampire for the first ten. Moderated some panels. Then just a force of habit.
What’s your first memory of the festival?
Sneaking in the back door of The Rivoli to see Patti Smith’s surprise performance. Too many goofballs came to drink and yack and be seen and not listen. But it was exciting.
So far, what’s been the most memorable show you’ve seen or had at NXNE?
Definitely a Monarch-era Feist at Ted’s Wrecking Yard in 1999. Also early shows for K-Os, Danko Jones, Kathleen Edwards, Weakerthans, and just about anytime by divine right played.
What’s the most memorable NXNE conference panel, film screening, or general festival experience?Pink Eyes from Fucked Up hilariously heckling a panel I was moderating. This was before they won Polaris.
What’s been your best musical discovery at NXNE?
They were all pretty throughly researched before I checked them out, but I still have an undying love for Grand Theft Canoe out of Winnipeg. Also the outrageous Caffeine from Montreal. Neither really caught on. At all. Although Caffeine singer Xavier is somewhat of a star in Quebec.
What’s been the biggest change you’ve witnessed at NXNE over the years?
Extended hours. Murderous.
What is your favourite NXNE venue that doesn’t exist anymore?
There remains a gaping hole in the Toronto live music scene where the Ultrasound Showbar used to be. It was intimate with great sounds and sight lines, friendly staff, and great food downstairs at X Rays. Yvonne Matsell booked it and ran it like a dream.
Do you have any photographs or VHS/camcorder video stored away from the first ten years of NXNE?
Check out the back issues of NOW for some of my picks. I stand by most of them. There may also be some interview clips with me on The New Music. I may even have hair.
Anything else you’d like to say about NXNE?
Now synonymous with summer in Toronto. Looking forward to the next 20 or more.
Follow Steve Jordan at @PolarisPrize and find out more on the Polaris Prize here.
NXNE celebrates 20 years this 2014.
Stay tuned for more throwbacks, lineup announcements, and for volunteer applications to open up. You can also follow us on Twitter, see some of the announced artists, and grab your badges/wristbands here.
Photo by Kevin Shea Adams
Remember that we have a date on Wednesday night. Yes. A date. You. Us. A theatre. Very romantic, if you’re into that sort of thing. Or not romantic at all. We’ll see how the night goes, right?
We’ll see you at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for a co-presentation of another one of our favourite rock n’ roll films. We’ve screened Stop Making Sense and Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! in the past (and hopefully you were there for them) – this time, get ready for Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us.
More information & grab your tickets here.
Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Wednesday, March 26th
Doors: 8:45 pm / Screening: 9:30 pm
Tickets: $11 ($8 Bloor members)
Doc & beer combo: $17 ($14 for Bloor members) – includes screening, bottle of Steam Whistle, and a large popcorn
We had a blast at SXSW this year. We threw a party while we were down in Austin, and previewed some of the Artists headed to NXNE 2014, including: Weeknight, Perfect Pussy, EAGULLS, Mutual Benefit, St. Vincent, Kelela, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Ryan Hemsworth, The Barr Brothers, Ratking, Saint Rich, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Juan Waters, Mas Ysa, The Pizza Underground and more.
Read all of NOW Magazine’s SXSW Day Reviews here. Our favourite quotes are below, hey okay they’re bands playing 2014. We’re a bit bias, okay?
“Maybe it’s just the infectious spirit of Southby, but I did like the mob quite a bit better on Friday. A$AP Ferg‘s Shabba is a banger crafted purely for the live arena, and seeing Rocky crowd-surf in his on-trend, 90s-grunge plaid get-up was fun.” - SXSW Day 4, NOW Magazine
“From outside the Fader Fort, you could hear the Eagulls screaming. The band. Not the birds of prey. There’s been a lot of Southby buzz about the British post-punk five-piece and they definitely rip. Frontman George Mitchell’s voice is ragged but suprisingly soulful, and the band has great melody that translates well to the live arena. It would be cool to see them in a smaller dive bar, though, where the sound would be oppressive.” - SXSW Day 3, NOW Magazine
“St. Vincent finally came on just after 11, and was by far the most engaging performer I’ve seen so far this week. Rocking a mess of silver-lavender hair and what looked like a couture dress, she gave a theatrical performance of tunes, many from her just-released, critically adored eponymous album, including Rattlesnake, Birth In Reverse and Digital Witness. Almost robotic on her guitar (in the best possible way), St. Vincent was in kooky character the entire time, going limp like a marionette when the lights would dim onstage, then lighting back up for each number. Incredibly expressive.” - SXSW Day 2, NOW Magazine
Photo by Tye Truitt
We keep saying this but seriously, you guys: it’s cold outside. Please warm up our hearts (we promise we do have hearts) by helping us out this June. Yes – NXNE 2014 volunteer applications are now open.
We love our volunteers because, for the past 19 years, they’ve helped make this festival what it is today. Plus if you help us out, we’ll help you out and hook you up with some pretty sweet festival perks. So if you’re planning your summer and want to spend it hanging out with us, please pick your poison (aka your preferred stream) and our delightful volunteer coordinators will be in touch with you, delightful person.
Thanks and we’ll see you this June.
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Photo by Andrija Dimitrijevic
If you missed out on our Interactive announcement amongst all the SXSW chatter, thanks to the magic of the internet you can catch up on the news over here.
Two people we’re particularly excited for? Marc Maron and Suroosh Alvi.
Marc Maron’s half-hour IFC series (the appropriately titled Maron) recently got its second season premiere date – you can tune in May 8th at 10 pm. TV Equals reports that the season’s guest stars will include Johnny Knoxville, Ray Romano, David Cross, Paul Feig, Conan O’Brien, and more. Catch up by watching the first season on Netflix now, then see him without a pesky TV screen in the way at NXNE Interactive this June.
We’re also wishing a safe trip to VICE co-founder Suroosh Alvi. Alvi’s headed to Afghanistan for his next assignment where he’ll investigate the war on drugs and the war’s impact on Iran. The Toronto Star details Alvi’s trip and the VICE brand over here.
It’s going to be a busy June. While you stock up on sleep (trust us, you’re going to want to stock up on sleep,) make sure to get your hands on the NXNE Interactive wristband. Best news about that? It’s on sale right now so you can hit the conferences, panels, and keynotes without hitting your credit limit. The deal’s almost over though, so get it while the getting’s good over here.