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
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.
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.
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.
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