Fri­day-Sun­day (June 15-17)

NOW Magazine - - TIP SHEET -

Yes, NXNE is back at Yonge-Dun­das Square and clubs. Af­ter a cou­ple of way­ward years, the mu­sic fes­ti­val has re­turned to a ver­sion of its clas­sic for­mat, em­pha­siz­ing indie acts in the smaller venues and book­ing big names for free out­doors shows, which are the main draw this week­end. Three rap­pers with wildly dif­fer­ent sounds and solid live shows – Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks and Big Free­dia – are sure to get peo­ple revved-up, while Ti­nashe, Lights and Scot­tish synth-pop­pers Chvrches (see fea­ture, page 34) hold it down for pop fans. Crit­i­cal lo­cal fave (and re­cent NOW cover star) U.S. Girls take things in more cere­bral and psyched-out direc­tions. Yonge-Dun­das Square (1 Dun­das East). Var­i­ous times. Free. nxne.com.

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