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Osheaga 2013: Day 1

A few thoughts... 

DIIV: Chill dudes as always. Oshin is still a great album. 
Wild Belle: Make me want to wear more patterns. 
Lianne La Havas: Stunning. Just stunning.
Palma Violets: I want to have too many beers with them and break things.
Rudimental: I CAN FEEL THE LOVE CAN YOU FEEL IT TOO?
Diamond Rings: Toronto man I've loved from the start. As polished as ever.
The Cure: Legends. 

For more words check out my full post at Sidewalk Hustle.
Check out my photos and vines of Osheaga: Day 1 below. 

Tonight In Toronto: Blonde Redhead at Adelaide Hall

Tonight at Adelaide Hall Young Lions Music Club have brought the indie psychedelic dream poppy NYC trio known as Blonde Redhead for your enjoyment. Check out a live performance of their track "23" above. Local boys The Darcys are opening. 

Music to float away to.

 
Doors are at 8pm. The Darcys are on at 9pm. Blonde Redhead at 10pm. 
$25 to get in. 
250 Adelaide St. W

 

NXNE 2013 ROUND UP

NXNE is upon us and seeing as I'm live tweeting it up for the @NXNE account, I do know a thing or two about this year's lineup. As requested and promised, here's a list of my festival picks for this year. If you end up discovering something you like and/or end up checking one of these acts out give me a shout in the comments. Enjoy!

AKUA – Friday 8pm @ Hard Luck
Mini Bio: Montreal solo synth soul. Pronounced “A-koo-ah”. Inspired by Little Dragon and CocoRosie. Has opened for Katy B.
Tunes:Told You So” and “Gravity

ALVVAYS – Friday 10pm @ Silver Dollar
Mini Bio: Toronto lo fi. Camera Obsura-ish with a pinch of 90s vibes.
Tunes:Archie Marry Me” and “The Agency Group

After The Smoke -  Wednesday 11:05pm @ Wrongbar
Mini Bio: Tallahasse hip-hop duo. Smooth stuff. Finalist in the Billboard Battle of the Bands. Over 50,000 followers on Tumblr and Twitter.
Tunes:Come & Leave” and “OIAM

Ania Soul – Saturday 9pm @ MOD Club
Mini Bio: Toronto soul signer. Inspired by Solange, Lauryn Hill, and Feist. Latest single “Over You” produced by King Luck. Here’s a link to her YouTube EPK.
Tunes:Over You” and “All In My Head

Blank Cinema – Thursday 10pm @ (587 College St)
Mini Bio: Vancouver indie synth rock act. Five piece who’ve been creating music since 2008. Launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund their new record Eras.
Tunes:Destroy Together” and “What You Have

The BB Guns – Saturday 9pm @ Lee’s Palace
Mini Bio: Hazy surf-pop fun from some Toronto ladies who are both a little punk and a little girly. Recently released their EP, Baby I Hate You. 
Tunes:Pennie Lane” and “Soho

BRIADS – Thursday 11pm @ Comfort Zone
Blue Hawaii – Thursday 1am @ Comfort Zone
Mini Bio: Partner projects with Calgarian Raphaelle Standell-Preston as the connecting dot. BRAIDS are more indie rock based & tad softer while Blue Hawaii are more electronic and beat based. Both are putting out releases with Arbutus Records, and both are killing it.
Tunes:The Other Day” by Blue Hawaii and “In Kind” by BRAIDS

Decades – Friday 11pm @ Silver Dollar
Mini Bio: Toronto new wave revival. Just released their self-titled debut with White Girl Records.
Tunes:Tonight Again” and “In Sequins

Joey Bada$$ - Saturday 1am @ Wrongbar & Sunday 8pm @ YDS
Mini Bio: 18 year-old Brooklyn kid with mad talent. His fifth mixtape is new out June 12th. Currently with Cinematic Music Group.
Tunes:Word Is Bond” and “World Domination

Majical Cloudz – Saturday 12am @ BLK BOX
Mini Bio: Down tempo duo from Grimes’ & Doldrums’ Montreal scene. Haunting live. Debut record just dropped with Matador and Arbuturs.
Tunes:Turns Turns Turns” and “Bugs Don’t Buzz

Mozart’s Sister – Wednesday 11pm @ Rivoli
Mini Bio: Solo project of Montreal's Caila Thompson-Hannant, who describes her sound as dirt pop. Past projects include Shapes and Sizes, Miracle Fortress and Think About Life. Grimes credits her as a huge influence. Merok Records put out her EP. Tons of internet hype and rumor has it an album is to be expected this summer.
Tunes:Mozart’s Sister” which has been making the blog rounds

Prince Innocence – Saturday 11pm Comfort Zone
Mini Bio: Minimal synth duo from Toronto and Montreal. Babe-tastic. Part of the Pretty Pretty Records crew. 
Tunes:  The oh so hip “Golden Hour” and  “To My Right

Rich Kidd – Saturday 11pm @ Wrongbag
Mini Bio: Mississauga producer and rapper who has worked with Raekwon, Drake and Talib Kweli. Recently released his latest mixtape In My Opinion earlier this year.
Tunes:SYKE” and “Can I Get A (Bom Bom)”

Ryan Hemsworth – Saturday 1am BLK BOX
Mini Bio: The hippest thing to come out of Halifax since Ellen Page. Producer/DJ dude of the collective known as Wedidit. Recently released his sixth EP Still Awake.
Tunes:Perfectly” and “Summertime Sadness” Lana Del Rey remix

White Lung – Saturday 11pm @ Horseshoe Tavern
Mini Bio: Vancouver punk act made up of three ladies and one lucky guy. Last year Deranged put out their second LP Sorry
Tunes:Bag” and “Glue” 

Mini Review: Kate Boy Live at Wrongbar

The night of Sunday June 9th I rushed over to Wrongbar after a weird day of work to catch my lastest Stockholm sound obsession, Kate Boy. With nothing but a couple of singles to her name, the venue was only half full but the energy and enthusiasm of the few in attendance filled the space.  "WHEN IS THE ALBUM OUT?" the crowd would shout. When Kate responded with the fact that they're still working on it the crowd quickly yelled back "WORK FASTER WE WANT IT NOW!" So yeah. People are pretty stoked on this new artist. I myself dropped my bag as soon as I got in and danced for the entire short yet oh so electro-pop synthy sweet 40 min set. Once it came to a close the audience cheered and cheered for more but alas I don't think they had any more songs. Guess we'll just have to wait. 

She's got two super slick monochromatic videos that have both been past music videos of the day:  "In Your Eyes" and "The Way We Are". You should watch them both if you haven't already.

music video of the day: "Tonight Again" by Decades

Toronto based melodramatic indie pop gentlemen Decades release their debut record with White Girl Records tonight at the Garrison. Fellow Toronto locals Breeze (band members from BELIEFS, Great Bloomers, Hot Hot Heat and more) are opening. Also on the bill is the oh so chill dreamy Elsa (another Torontonian) and Montreal fuzz indie rock act CTZNSHP. See you there? 

Live Music: Mykki Blanco at Wrongbar

From last May’s debut Mykki Blanco & The Mutant Angels, to late fall’s Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss mixtapeone thing is for sure: The entity that is Mykki Blanco is not your average human. Industrial, galatic and spastic (all in the best way possible), Mykki B brought his tricks to Toronto’s Wrongbar Wednesday April 24th.

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Hitting the stage around midnight just in time for the new moon, we were all mesmerized and mutantized by his powers. Just some of these powers included pulling up crowd members on stage for good vibes, cleansing himself by pouring water all over himself, oh and rapping like mad. Also of note? Miss Blanco’s opening act performance artist Boychild who best explains his act in this video

It’s fair to say the transgender rap game will never be the same. Heavy hazy wavy…

His upcoming EP ‘Betty Rubble: The Initiation’is due out May 21st and he’s currently closing up his North American tour. Catch him if you can.

For more photos check out my post at Sidewalk Hustle.

SXSW IS SO BUSY...

... and my AirBnB is so faaaarrr and my laptop is so heaavvyy so I apologize for the lack of updates here. Will be catching y'all up soon. In the meantime, check out the ish I've been writing for Sidewalk Hustle. Been taking a million pictures too. Hope you enjoy.

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Live: Major Lazer “Free The Universe” at Toronto’s Sound Academy

Thursday February 28th, Major Lazer brought both the month to a close, and kicked off their Free The Universeworld tour in Toronto with one hell of a party. Diplo returned to our city (once again, clearly crushing on us hard) joined by Jillionaire, Walshy Fire and a duo of bad ass dancing babes. Starting off the show with a count down from 30, the energy of the sold out crowd was electric.

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Once the curtain fell, the set moved a mile a minute with confetti cannons going off at every drop and vuvuzelas being thrown and blown. Diplo not only crowd surfed, but stepped up his Flaming Lips game by hopping into a hamster ball and rolling onto/with the audience. Midway through the show, the Major Lazer crew attempted to get the audience to meme it up Harlem Shake style, but no one could stay still.

Noting everyone’s dance enthusiasm, Walshy Fire pulled a group of ladies on stage to show off their bubble butts and encouraged them to express themselves. Not wanting to play gender favs, Walshy then pulled one lucky man on stage who was promptly undressed and danced upon. Between blasting their own hits, they snuck in tunes ranging from Nirvana, House Of Pain and local favourite Drake, each track receiving mad love. From the looks of yesterday morning’s tweets, we weren’t the only ones having a good time…