Started off my Fridays (June 14th) during NXNE 2013 at Urban Outfitters.
This year’s free show took place on 481 Queen St West (Not the one on Yonge St) and on a Friday not a Saturday.
Anyways I happen to catch Vancouver’s electro-dance band Bear Mountain.
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Kind of took a break from the Arbutus Record’s showcase at The Comfort Zone.
So I was curious about the three night show that Mikal Cronin had at the Silver Dollar Room.
This was the first night of the three night residency show.
I only caught about two song during the set.
It was very crowded so I couldn’t get any good shots upclose of this set.
By Tiffany Yam
And to the few and lucky that were in attendance today at the NXNE Bruise Cruise by M For Montreal, lets just lay down the truth now.
Being on a boat mid afternoon is pretty badass- regardless if said boat drips with ’80 style wooden finishing and royal blue carpeting.
If you could move past the haunting feeling of reliving someone’s prom and catch a live set or two, then it was all worth it.
On lower deck, Jamaican rapper Fat Tony warmed up the stage with songs from their upcoming album.
Singing his anthem of thick-in-lyrical style hip hop, he drew us in with an even ratio of wit to spit.
What’s not to like with the duo manpower of rhyme and beat?
Fat Tony and Tom C showed much solidarity in friendship and finished off songs that saluted their duplicity of drinking and sexual habits.
I’ll admit to falling under their body swaying charm and dancing to lyrics that I wouldn’t want my own mother to hear.
By Tiffany Yam
And with great anticipation, NXNE‘ers packed the small basement level Comfort Zone.
Paula kicked off the night with the classic beats of new-wave pop synth mixed with the groovy edge of lead singer David Carrier’s voice. His high hitters shook the stage followed by intermittent shout-outs to James Brown.
Second up was Montreal native dream-pop band Braids. If you weren’t won over by Raph’s sweetheart smile, her heavenly falsettos melting into the looped verses certainly would have done the trick. Braids filled an impressive set of dance-worthy tunes from Flourish//Perish. Songs like In Kind and Amends made you feel like floating and sinking simultaneously. They came and delivered.
Third to the stage was topless Sean Nicholas Savage, the greatest theatrical singer to grace NXNE. With arms raised towards the heavens, he sang songs from his new album Other Life with impassible conviction.
Last came Blue Hawaii, EDM duo Alex and Graph. Think Grimes stripped of folk and amped with true Ibiza-worthy techno. The set teased us with In Two Part II and then broke out in a full dance frenzy of high/low heavy drum rhythms. The pounding amp launched the glow-stick adorned crowd into free-spirited dancing.
First stop on my NXNE 2013 adventure on June 12th.
Went down to 1093 Queen St W for Arts & Crafts x Craft Services Present: FREE NXNE Pop Up Performance Series.
I happened to catch two acts there and they were:
• Paper Beat Scissors