The North By North­east fest tops the in­door slate

EVEN IF THE WEATHER DOESN’T CO­OP­ER­ATE, THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF QUAL­ITY MU­SIC TO EN­JOY UN­DER A SOLID ROOF

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - BY BENJAMIN BOLES

North­east star

En­ter­ing its 15th year, NXNE has booked what some might call its most ad­ven­tur­ous lineup ever. With 500 bands over five days, plus the film fes­ti­val and con­fer­ence, it’s easy to get over­whelmed (in a good way). Passes run from $25 for a one-day wrist­band to $250 for the VIP Su­per Pass. June 17-21. nxne.com.

Youth move­ment

Sem­i­nal noise pop band Sonic Youth have left Gef­fen for Mata­dor, and the leaked songs from their up­com­ing al­bum, The Eter­nal (al­bum 16 for those keep­ing track), sug­gest that the change has done them good. They’re sound­ing re­vi­tal­ized and ex­cited to be mak­ing a racket again, which bodes well for their gig at Massey Hall June 30. $36.50-$48.50. 416-870-8000.

Party Time

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral Time Fes­ti­val was some­what ham­pered by shitty weather, so it’s prob­a­bly for the best that Em­brace have moved it to

Sound Academy for round two. The mega-party pits new-school hip­ster dance acts against house and techno gi­ants of the past. On hand this year are Crys­tal Cas­tles, A-Trak, Mark Fa­rina, Jeff Mills, DJ Me­hdi, Flosstradamus and many more. July 25. $25.50-$29.50. time-fes­ti­val. com.

Out of the Cold

Not sure if you’ve heard of them, but there’s this new band called Cold

play that we’ve been hear­ing good things about. The Brit-rock he­roes will ser­e­nade the Rogers Cen­tre July 30. $39.50-$99.50. 416-870-8000.

French im­mer­sion

De­spite the mas­sive love Mon­treal’s indie scene en­joys world­wide, the fran­co­phone side of­ten has a hard time out­side Que­bec. Not the case with Mala­jube, though, who’ve been lauded by crit­ics in both of­fi­cial lan­guages all over the world for their hook­laden prog-pop. They’re giv­ing back to their Toronto fans this spring with a free show at Lee’s

Palace June 12. 416-532-1598.

Noise rock leg­ends Sonic Youth

Synth punk brats Crys­tal Cas­tles

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