House of Vans at VICE Island (Thursday, June 19th)
Expect an epic Toronto Island takeover from the cool kids at VICE, arguably the fest’s hottest line up. I’m looking forward to buzzy band Future Islands and rap-game great Pusha T.
tUnE-yArDs (Massey Hall, Thursday June 19th)
It’s a toss up between the Island and Massey for me on Thursday night, partly because I’m really into tUnE-yArDs’ experimental funkiness.
Tei She (Wrongbar, Friday June 20th)
Valerie Teicher, the Brooklyn-based Canadian and friend of FLARE, takes the stage with her lush ’90s-era dream pop. Style and vocal chops? Sign us up!
Danny Brown (Yonge Dundas Square, June 19th & Mod Club Theatre, June 20th)
Detroit weirdo-rapper Danny Brown has been on every major critic’s hot list for years, and with good reason: he combines insane flow and general insanity into one tight package, making him one of the most original MCs in the game. Watch out for FLARE’s Rebecca Perrin, who will race you to the front of the stage.
Alvvays (The Mod Club, June 20)
Hailing from Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton, these five impossibly cute youngsters—led by Molly Rankin, of the Maritime singing dynasty The Rankin Family—make lo-fi jangle-pop with all the sweetness of a summer crush.
The Pizza Underground (Edward Day Gallery and The Great Hall, June 20)
We’ve been obsessed with The Pizza Underground ever since we heard about its eyebrow-raising premise—Macaulay Culkin and his fellow bandmates perform pizza-themed Velvet Underground covers. Seriously. And seriously amazing. Also wonderful: They will be kicking off their pair of NXNE shows with an afternoon pizza party.