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Reggie Watts On Canada, Comedy And Big Hair

Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts, he of the bountiful hair and strange combination of comedy and music, was in Toronto for the recent NXNE festival.

This was reason enough for Sarah to talk to him about Canada and some of the other things that make him tick.

To read the interview head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by going here.

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NXNE 20 Years, 20 Memories: A Look Back At Two Decades Of North-By-Northeast Music Fest

Yonge-Dundas Square NXNE crowd in 2012

Yonge-Dundas Square NXNE crowd in 2012

It’s the NXNE festival’s 20th anniversary this year so we took the opportunity to check in about what’s new with director Michael Hollett as well as pick his brain about some of the best acts he’s seen at the fest over the years.

As an added bonus I also included some of the notable acts I’ve seen over the years like Peaches, Flaming Lips and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

To read the story head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by going here.


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NXNE 2013 Reviews And Photos

Mickey Avalon

Mickey Avalon

The 2013 edition of NXNE has finally ended and I can say with a certain sense of shock that I didn’t end up developing my annual case of paralyzing bad back from it (though I do appear to have a cold).

Over the course of NXNE I ended up seeing the following acts: Brendan Croskerry, Calexico, Santiago x The Natural, Sunfields, Brendan Canning, Wordburglar, D-Sisive, Elaquent, Sunclef + Peroff, By Divine Right, Hayden, The National, Blowfly, Brave Little Toaster, CTZNSHP, Weaves, The Lytics, Catl, White Lung and Mickey Avalon.

Some of whom I wrote up about in the NXNE wrap story for Huffington Post Music Canada. You can read that by clicking here.

I also took some photos of varying quality. Check those out below.



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NXNE 2013 Best Bets: Blowfly, Mickey Avalon And More



Today the NXNE music festival properly begins and with it a million bands will descend on Toronto to perform.

I haven’t quite figured out how to fold time and space yet, so there are many conflicts, but here are the Best Bets — including the particularly exciting raunch double-shot of Blowfly and Mickey Avalon — I’m going to try to check out over the next five days.

For the first time in a long time I’ll be relatively untethered, so I’m also willing to deviate from this course if there’s bribery (hint).

Wednesday, June 12

10 p.m. Calexico @ Mod Club
10 p.m. Jane’s Party @ 1093 Queen St. W Unit 2
11 p.m. Devon Sproule + Mike O’Neill @ The Piston
12 a.m. Sunfields @ Monarch Tavern

Thursday, June 13

9 p.m. Wordburglar  @ Sneaky Dee’s
10 p.m. Diana @ Horseshoe Tavern
10 p.m. D-Sisive @ Sneaky Dee’s
12 a.m. No Joy @ BLK Box
12 a.m. Jane’s Party @ Supermarket
12 a.m. White Cowbell @ Lee’s Palace
1 a.m. Supersuckers @ Lee’s Palace

Friday, June 14

7 p.m. By Divine Right @ St. James Gazebo
9 p.m. Blinker The Star @ Horseshoe Tavern
9 p.m. Psyche Tongues @ BLK Box
9:10 p.m. The National @ Yonge-Dundas Square
10 p.m. July Talk @ Mod Club
10 p.m. Mike O’Neill @ Great Hall
10 p.m. Shooting Guns @ The Hideout
10 p.m. UN @ Sneaky Dee’s
11 p.m. The Magic @ BLK Box
11 p.m. Red Mass @ Lee’s Palace
12 a.m. The Danks @ The Hideout
12 a.m. Nu Sensae @ The Shop/Parts & Labour
12 a.m. Sloan @ Great Hall
1 a.m. Blowfly @ Horseshoe Tavern
1 a.m. Gold & Youth @ BLK Box

Saturday, June 14

4 p.m. Blinker The Star @ Yonge-Dundas Square
8 p.m. Chains Of Love @ Danforth Music Hall
9 p.m. The Lytics @ Nocture
10 p.m. Antiheroes @ Wrongbar
10 p.m. Catl @ Horseshoe Tavern
11 p.m. White Lung @ Horseshoe Tavern
12 a.m. Tangiers @ The Garrison
1 a.m. Mickey Avalon @ Lee’s Palace
2 a.m. Silvergun & Spleen @ Painted Lady
2 a.m. Monster Voodoo Machine @ Bovine Sex Club

Sunday, June 15

3 p.m. Mickey Avalon @ Yonge-Dundas Square

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Flaming Lips, Of Montreal, Art vs. Science Rule NXNE Yonge-Dundas Show

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne

Spinner’s giant free NXNE 2012 show at Yonge-Dundas Square certainly was something. Ten bands, over 20,000 people, and I wrote about it all hiding behind a garbage bin in the VIP area.

Headliners The Flaming Lips were awesome, even though they were on a bit of a heavy trip because of that Radiohead stage collapse thing. Of Montreal were a pretty great time, too, what with the costumes and all. So were Hollerado. But the real revelation for me were Art vs. Science, a dance-rock band from Australia. They were truly ridiculous in their silver spacesuits and their songs and showmanship made for one super-max party.

To read about those bands, as well as Portugal. The Man, Brasstronaut and more, click here.



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