04. 21. 14. 11:38 am

Spotlight: Paradise Animals


Meet Paradise Animals.

With Tuesday night’s Red Bull Sound Select coming up, we figured we may as well turn the spotlight on one of the three bands playing the $3 show ($3 assuming, of course, that you RSVP.) But never fear if you can’t see them tomorrow night – they’re also, coincidentally enough, playing NXNE in June alongside these other artists.

Formed: There was general playing together throughout the 2000s in various formats, but the band began taking its more familiar shape in 2011.
Band Members: Mark Andrade (vocals, synth, guitar, bass, drums, electronics) / Gary Pereira (bass, guitar, synth, saxophone, vocals) / Kerri Silva (guitar, drums, vocals)
From: Toronto. We hear that place is very nice.
Album(s): Paradise Animals EP (February 2012)
For Fans Of: M83, Sigur Rós, Peter Gabriel, Yo La Tengo, Nick Drake, Gang of Four, Sun Ra, and synthesizers
Talking Point: Mark Andrade and Gary Pereira first met at the University of Guelph; Kerri Silva knew Andrade in her oh-so-formative teenage years thanks to a family connection.

More on Paradise Animals over at their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, and hear more via their Bandcamp.

Badges + wristbands for NXNE 2014 are available here.

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04. 14. 14. 11:00 am

Spotlight: The Maladies of Adam Stokes


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.

Formed: 2009
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.

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04. 02. 14. 05:16 pm

News: St. Vincent, Sleigh Bells, A$AP Ferg, Ryan Hemsworth + more


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.

St. Vincent

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

Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss discusses playing live and playing festivals. Hey, what do you know – we’re a festival.

A$AP Ferg

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


Courtney Barnett

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.

Perfect Pussy

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.

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03. 17. 14. 04:29 pm ♥ 2

Volunteer with NXNE


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.

Music | Music (YDS) | Interactive | Film | Comedy | Production

Photo by Andrija Dimitrijevic

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02. 25. 14. 12:02 pm



tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus describes it as pop music. But that genre designation is given in the sense that she’s very consciously trying to advance it, telling The Rumpus: “I wouldn’t be making music if I didn’t believe that I was contributing something to the future of music… It’s certainly my aim to be furthering music and I guess maybe I’m just more comfortable furthering pop music because I think there’s a long way to go.”

Following a college semester spent in Kenya and after quitting her job as a puppeteer, Garbus got to work on her musical output, releasing debut album Bird-Brains (an album she initially wanted to title White Guilt) in 2009. She then followed it up two years later with w h o k i l l, an effort that received mass critical acclaim and Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” designation. According to NME, we can also expect a third album soon – this one with the working title of Sink-o Nikki Nack, inspired by a trip to Haiti, and recorded in her Oakland studio.

But if there’s one thing you should know about tUnE-yArDs, it’s that you really should see Garbus and company do it live. After all, she has tons of experience performing to an audience from busking at Montreal subway stops and winning over crowds opening for Dirty Projectors. Expect tons of looping, multi-tasking, and face-paint. You can also practice your tweet capitalization now: you’re going to need it when you see tUnE-yArDs at NXNE. And trust us, you’re going to want to see this.

Find out more on tUnE-yArDs here.

TUNE-YARDS play NXNE 2014. Stay tuned to http://nxne.com for further announcements & check out Artists for more bands headed to the festival. Tickets for NXNE 2014 are available here.

Photo by Anna M Campbell

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04. 21. 14. 11:04 am

Tuesday, April 22: I Break Horses

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Consider this your friendly, gentle reminder that tomorrow night we’ll be at The Drake Hotel – and hopefully you’ll be there too.

We promise there’s a good reason for you to leave your house on a Tuesday night… We’ve teamed up with Red Bull for Sound Select Presents: Toronto, April 22nd, 2014 with performances by I Break HorsesArk Analog, and Paradise Animals.

Insert your giddy up, yeehaw, and other horse-related slang here. Cowboy boots optional. (On second thought, please don’t wear cowboy boots. You’ll look ridiculous.)

April 22nd, 2014
The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen St. W)
Doors: 8 pm / 19+
$3 with an RSVP

Please note this show is first come, first in – RSVP does not guarantee admission. Get there early if you want to get in.

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04. 07. 14. 02:58 pm

Milosh Jetlag Photo Exhibit - April 17


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 miloshjetlag@gmail.com

Can’t make the opening? No worries – the exhibit runs until April 25th.

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04. 02. 14. 02:29 pm ♥ 1

Songza’s NXNE 20th Anniversary Playlist


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.

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03. 08. 14. 04:01 pm



Is it March already? While we count down the days until warm weather + June, once again NXNE is heading to Austin to visit our friends at SXSW, eat some delicious BBQ, and discover the best in all things music. If you’re there, come say hi (fun fact: we’re throwing  a party on Thursday so RSVP here.) If you’re not there, fret not because we’ll be posting roundups at nxne.com. You can also live vicariously through us in real time by following us on Twitter + Instagram. Sorry. We’ll try not to make you too jealous.

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06. 15. 13. 11:01 am

NXNE MUSIC: Villagers

Saturday June 15 @ 8pm

Sidedoor (192 Adelaide St w)

Sunday June 16 @ 1am

The great Hall (1087 Queen St W)

For more info on tickets and wristbands click here