Patriotic luchadores? Check. Pigmen? Check. Ghost lobsters? Check. Creatures that belong in Pan’s Labyrinth? Check. Androgynous lead singer backed by psychedelic noisemakers? Check. Kevin Barnes and his fellow Of Montreal cohorts sure know how to start a party. They had hips shaking all over Yonge-Dundas Square during their head-tripping NXNE set.
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: