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Apologies; long time, no music advice, Dork Shelf-ers. But I have returned to these parts for the mighty occasion that is the North by Northeast festival! I’ve got a handful of acts – here, take a few – you should check out if you’re planning on perusing the festival market for the rest of the week. Here goes.

The Locals:

The Meligrove Band – We know this Toronto band is going to be changing things up Wednesday night at 10 for the Nevado Records showcase at the Horseshoe with a special kind of set, but we can’t give away the details! Just go and see for yourself, trust us. The showcase is a banger, also featuring Library Voices and Secret Guests.

Evening Hymns – Jonas Bonnetta and company have recently finished recording their anticipated second album, after a nice long European tour. They return home for a beautiful set at the Music Gallery on Thursday at 8.


Great Bloomers – This band’s dropped off the radar for a little while, but we’re very happy to have them back and playing around the city. Catch their headlining set at Sneaky Dee’s at 1 on Friday.

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Action Makes – We’re really excited to get into the nitty gritty at the Silver Dollar on Friday night at 11 with these local rockers and California’s Crocodiles. It will be sweaty, distorted and glorious. Sure, the band plays this venue frequently, but we keep missing them and finally plan on getting in on the hubbub.

ALSO: Volcano Playground, Nightbox, Bravestation, Heartbeat Hotel, Dora Alexander, Allie Hughes, Sports and The Darcys

The Other Canadians:


Pat Jordache – We’ve recently been introduced to Montrealer Pat’s intriguingly beautiful new album Future Songs and are excited to see it put to the live setting on Wednesday at 9 at the Garrison. He’s got a very low voice that’s sometimes distorted put to pleasant, ear-picker-upper tunes.

Amen at the Bazaar – This one-man-band from Montreal has quite the complicated electro set-up, but if he feels overwhelmed or stuck in notes at all, he doesn’t show it. His Noor EP is quirky and catchy, and it should be interesting to see it performed live at the Velvet Underground, Friday at 8.

– Well apparently all our ‘other Canadian’ main picks are from Montreal, but we’re okay with that. This trance-y rock band will bring all the right kinds of adventurous darkness to the Horseshoe on Thursday at midnight.

Humans – This Vancouver DJ duo bring the weird party to the Garrison Saturday at 10 with their West Coast-drenched electro beats. We caught them at CMW and while a lot of things went wrong for them during that set, it led us to want to see and dance to them again. We know they’ll have better luck this time. Plus, our eyebrows definitely raised when they started off that set covered in blankets.

ALSO: Bent By Elephants, Braids, Chad VanGaalen, Shad, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Matters, Harlan Pepper and Slow Down, Molasses


Check out the full NXNE 2011 music schedule here.