The Natoinal do Toronto FOR FREE

nxne

OK OK so, the last time I braved the worst corner of Toronto was for the Flaming Lips last June. It takes a really amazing band to get me there. Just for the record, I couldn’t see a damn thing only being 50 feet back. So, I’m gonna have to get there mega early to get even a reasonable sight line ! I however being the luckiest girl in the world have tickets to see them in Brooklyn just a week prior to this gig.

Well, NXNE has done it again. For 2013, they’re bringing THE NATIONAL, my favourite band in the whole entire world. So, mark your planners for June 14,  your minds’ll be blown, I promise.

 

Coachella 2013: Jurassic 5

In 2006, I saw J5 play a tiny venue in Toronto called the Reverb. The dingy three-floor (?) venue has now become a Crate and Barrel, but I sure have some dynamite memories of the Big-Bop complex. My understanding it was an old dance-cave-like hangout for pop-rock folks wanting to dance… Who would’ve guessed?

I shot CB2’s tribute to the Big Bop when they opened back in early 2012.

OK but my point here is that I’m super stoked be able to see J5 again this April at Coachella! After listening to an 8tracks mix, I immediately recognised the deep voiced rapper Chali 2na.

Here are a few tunes and a mix that you may enjoy:

A Nelly Furtado collab, not sure how this happened: