NXNE And Collective Concerts Present The National

NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) is thrilled to announce the first wave of programming for the 19th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto June 10-16, 2013. Tickets are now available online.


NXNE Music and Collective Concerts have confirmed that Brooklyn favourites The National will headline a free show at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) on Friday, June 14. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by breakout rapper Joey Bada$$, Floridian punks Merchandise, post-punk Danes Iceage, garage rock singer-songwriter Mikal Cronin, lo-fi hardcore quartet Milk Music, Brooklyn noise duo Buke & Gase, rapper Mickey Avalon, Southern rockers Supersuckers, rock revivalists founded by Nicke Andersson of The Hellacopters Imperial State Electric and Montreal hardcore legends Genetic Control. Click here for the full list of this first wave of music programming.

Presenting additional concerts June 10-16, 2013 as bonus festival programming, the NXNE Spotlight Series will feature FLAG, with original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena and Bill Stevenson with Stephen Egerton performing the music of Black Flag, at The Opera House on Friday, June 14. Americana heroes CALEXICO will rock the Mod Club on Wednesday, June 12 and renowned Swedish punk band MILLENCOLIN will perform at The Phoenix on Saturday, June 15.

To guarantee admission to any NXNE Spotlight Series show, fans must purchase tickets online (available as of Thursday, February 28). A limited number of NXNE wristband and pass holders can join a rush line the day of each NXNE Spotlight Series show for a chance at free admission.

NXNE Comedy Extra Series presents DONNELL RAWLINGS on Sunday, June 16 at the Danforth Music Hall. Rawlings is best known for his roles on Comedy Central’s Chapelle’s Show, such as “Ashy Larry.” Opening for Rawlings are local comedy darlings Nick Reynoldson, Trixx, and Dave Merheje. 50 NXNE wristband and pass holders can join a rush line the day of the show for free admission.

With over 80 presentations, NXNEi (NXNE Interactive) offers a roster of inspiring speakers and unforgettable panels featuring Johnny Cupcakes, J. Joly, Saul Colt, Mavis Huntley and many more. This year’s NXNEi takes a hard look at entrepreneurship and branding through digital outreach. Learn more at nxne.com/interactive.

The complete NXNE line-up and schedule will be announced over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Ahleuchatistas to Tour with Buke & Gase in Support of Heads Full of Poison

With a moniker that screams “enigma,” Asheville, North Carolina instrumental rock duo Ahleuchatistas belong to the beyond-category sector of such iconic, genre-flouting combos as John Zorn’s Naked City, Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, Swans, Tortoise, and Sun City Girls. The duo of Shane Perlowin (guitar and bass) and Ryan Oslance (drums) combine wicked precision with intense abandon, droll humor with analytical construction, and a sly gregariousness with uncompromising vision. This pair interweaves elements of punk rock, jazz, classical music, speed metal, grindcore, progressive rock, noise, folk musics from Asia and North Africa, electronic music, and ambient aesthetics, along with volatile, unpredictable improvisation, flowing organically in a virtual world of their own. Cerebral but never ponderous, Ahleuchatistas make immediate music that reaches for the mind, heart, and gut.

Ahleuchatistas kick off a tour of North America supporting Buke & Gase in support of their seventh album, Heads Full of Poison, out now on CD/digital via Cuneiform Records and as a double LP on Harvest Records. On stage and throughout the album, Perlowin and Oslance perform with a rare unity of purpose, without any self-indulgence or water-treading, displaying a virtually orchestral palette.

(all shows with Buke & Gase)
Wed. Jan. 30 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Thu. Jan. 31 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Fri. Feb. 1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. Feb. 2 – Washington, DC @ DC 9
Mon. Feb. 4 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
Tue. Feb. 5 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Wed. Feb. 6 – Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
Thu. Feb. 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Fri. Feb. 8 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sat. Feb. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Mon. Feb. 11 – Denver, CO @ Walnut Room
Tue. Feb. 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Thu. Feb. 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
Fri. Feb. 15 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sat. Feb. 16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Mon. Feb. 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
Tue. Feb. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Wed. Feb. 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah