The term “grass widow,” which dates back to the 1500s, refers to a woman whose lover or spouse is temporarily absent, out to sea, or off to war. Lillian Maring (drums, vocals), Hannah Lew (bass, vocals) and Raven Mahon (guitar, vocals) rely on themes of love, loss, and life to pen their post-punk influenced narratives. If you didn’t have the chance to see the San Francisco-based trio Grass Widow at this year’s NXNE conference, catch them cracking jokes on Portlandia with Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes!
With only 96 hours to see over 800 bands, 45 film screenings, 75 conference panels, and a handful of comedy troupes within the city limits of Toronto, we know time isn’t on our side. Since we’re music journalists, not marathon runners, we’re scaling things back a bit to give you a short list of our NXNE best bets: