Plants and Animals have come a long way since the release of their self-titled debut in 2002. Although the Montreal-based trio initially began as a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants instrumental project, the band has called upon new sounds (and voices) over the past decade to create what they refer to as “post-classic rock.” Plucking inspiration from Mick Jagger, Arcade Fire, and Hunter S. Thompson, Plants and Animals wowed NXNE fans at the Yonge-Dundas Square stage.
In April of 2011, Montreal indie rockers The Stills announced their dissolution. In the wake of that breakup, The Stills’ principal songwriter Dave Hamelin joined forces with keyboardist Liam O’Neil, picking up Broken Social Scene’s drummer Justin Peroff along the way. The trio formed a new band, Eight and a Half, who brought their synth-driven rock to Yonge-Dundas Square for NXNE.
Since earning the Third Man Records stamp approval in 2011, Jack White protégés The Black Belles have found themselves in the midst of ”garage goth” world domination. Merely a week after taking The Garrison stage at NXNE, the all-girl act hailing from Nashville shared the stage with Stephen Colbert.
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!
Montreal’s fratpop crooner Mac DeMarco (formerly Makeout Videotape) officially creeped out NXNE concertgoers at The Garrison on Thursday night. After leering at the ladies in the front row, DeMarco dove head first into the crotch of his bass player, chirping, “I think I bit [him] a bit too hard.”
Jack White has always been a little different; Waldo was his fashion muse for over a decade, he once exchanged nuptials with Karen Elson while canoeing down the Amazon River, and he actively collects stuffed animals (the formerly alive kind).
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The Third Man Records founder will be spending the summer on the road with the likes of the Alabama Shakes, Lanie Lane, First Aid Kit, and Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three. Check out Jack White III’s tour page for more details.