NXNE: Nam-An's Top 517 June 2016 / by Nam-An Dinh (author)
Nam-An likes to think of himself as a collector and connoisseur of sounds. When’s he’s not leading production for his podcast project Loa.fm, you can find him at the back of a record store digging through stacks of vinyl, or scouring the net to deepen his "digital crates." He is open to all types of music, as long as it suits the mood. He’s spun everything from German industrial metal, to free form jazz. As long it fits his current vibe, it’ll be added to the library.
Toronto-based. Check. Gushing reviews from Pitchfork, NOW Magazine, Exclaim!, and the Toronto Star. Check. Recent feature on River Tiber’s single. Check. This mega-talented R&B songwriter is going to blow up. Slinging catchy and chill songs, he croons over lush, slick produced beats. Catch him at Port Lands (51 Commissioners), Friday June 16, 8:20pm.
Coming to us from New Brunswick by way of Halifax, Vogue Dots is one half Babette Hayward and one half Tynan Dunfield. They make dreamy experimental pop music that is brimming with textured synths, airy vocals, and plenty of dense musical layers. Sneaky Dee’s, Thursday June 15, doors at 8pm
Land of Talk makes raw, gritty rock music that is anchored by soulful vocals, courtesy of front-woman Elizabeth Powell. Though they took a break in 2011, they’re back and better than ever, just in time for NXNE. Port Lands (51 Commissioners), Saturday June 17, 2:20pm
Featuring veterans of the Canadian power pop and alternative rock scenes, TUNS is comprised of members of Sloan, Super Friendz, and the Inbreds. Promising a fun show that will deliver loads of melodic harmonies and catchy tunes, catch them before they drop their new album on August 26. The Garrison, Wednesday June 15, doors at 8pm.
Melding together an entrancing combination of sounds that’s equal parts hip-hop beats, electronica, and folk music, these 3 Yemeni sisters bridge the past and present. Hailing from the small southern Israeli village of Shaharut, these 3 ladies are fresh off a debut album release and have been touring furiously for the last 2 years. They bring their unique sound to NXNE. Mod Club, Sunday June 19, doors 7pm
NXNE runs until June 19. Catch Nam-An's festival coverage on cjru.ca and 1280AM in Toronto.