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.

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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!

Cisco Adler to perform at Shadow Lounge on Wednesday, 2/20 w/Mod Sun, Pat Brown and Tayyib Ali

Musician and entrepreneur Cisco Adler is scheduled to perform in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, February 20, at Shadow Lounge in support of his debut solo album, Aloha.

After years of producing and writing hit songs, and singing his signature hooks for the likes of Shwayze, Mike Posner, Mickey Avalon, Yelawolf, Wiz Khalifa, G. Love, Unwritten Law, and Lil Jon, Cisco Adler dropped his first solo album, Aloha, in late October 2012 on his Malibu-based indie label, Bananabeat Records. The album was produced and engineered by Adler and mixed by Shane Stoner. It followed the July digital-only release of his 6-song summer EP of the same name, featuring songs that blend pop, rock, reggae, and hip-hop with a laid-back summer – and post-summer afterglow – island vibe. The EP was one of iTunes’ Top 10 Pop Albums, and the first single, “You’re A Fool,” featuring G. Love (of G. Love & The Special Sauce), was highlighted as iTunes’ “Free Single of the Week,” which received over 270k downloads. Additional album track highlights include “Boom Boom Boom,” featuring reggae legend Don Carlos and G-Eazy, “California in the Winter,” co-produced by Jim Jonsin (Beyoncé, Kanye West, Lil Wayne), “Tha Good Life,” featuring Mod Sun, Pat Brown and guitar solo by Jeff Wooten, and his next laid-back pop single, “Classic.”

Adler is quite an entrepreneur, creating and spearheading his Bananabeat lifestyle brand and community. Adler’s innovative Bananabeat lifestyle brand combines the efficiencies of a major record label with the intimacy of a boutique artist collective. Bananabeat is a record label that is rewriting the rules of the game. Entertainment marketing and the music business have been a part of the Adler name for generations, and Cisco is poised to take the institution of the traditional record label into an entirely new realm. With a firm understanding of lifestyle and what is ahead, Adler has used this insight to pioneer many categories. Leveraging talent, relationships, and the quintessential California vibe, Bananabeat will be the new model that puts artists, fans and brands in the same room, connecting and building in a genuine way.

I’d love for you to consider covering the show. In addition to everything mentioned above, Cisco recently launched el ganzo (a hotel and musicians retreat in Mexico) and has multiple clothing lines slated to launch this year. Check out a recent interview Cisco did with L.A. radio station KISS-FM’s #weekendmixtape (http://www.kiisfm.com/player/?mid=22774904).