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NXNE Day 4 Recap (Friday June 17th): Dirty Beaches/Dum Dum Girls/Cults

Little Foot Long Foot/The Young Things @ Comfort Zone

Little Foot Long Foot at Comfort Zone

Little Foot Long Foot at Comfort Zone

I was able to interview Little Foot Long Foot‘s lead singer Joan Smith a few weeks ago and their sound intrigued me enough to check out their live set. As expected, they had a great energy and Smith’s vocals were commanding and on point.

Highlight of the set: “Neko Case Hate Fucks Kurt Cobain

The Young Things at Comfort Zone

The Young Things at Comfort Zone

Next up was New York’s The Young Things. Simplistic melodies and lyrics. I didn’t detect any spark. Mostly forgettable.

Fuck Montreal/Modernboys Moderngirls @ El Mocambo

Fuck Montreal at El Mocambo

Fuck Montreal at El Mocambo

Halifax’s Fuck Montreal made a lot of noise and had some intriguing melodies. Not a genre that I typically frequent but you might want to check it out if you’re a fan of music that would make most hipster girls cry.

Modernboys Moderngirls at El Mocambo

Modernboys Moderngirls at El Mocambo

Modernboys Moderngirls had a smooth indie pop sound that had great danceability. A bit rough around the edges but I definitely sensed potential. Though there’s nothing overly interesting about lyrics like “My baby says boy, don’t you ever go“…

Dirty Beaches/Dum Dum Girls/Cults @ Lee’s Palace

Dirty Beaches at Lee's Palace

Dirty Beaches at Lee's Palace

Dirty Beaches has the sort of live set that makes pretentious people subtly nod their head. As for me, I just couldn’t get into it. The dichotomy between the amount of hype this guy had and the lo-fi drivel that I heard live astounds me. A loop pedal to expand vacant soundscapes, droning on while he paid little attention to the packed venue in front of him, it just left me wondering how organizers thought this could blend well with the acts to follow…

Dum Dum Girls at Lee's Palace

Dum Dum Girls at Lee's Palace

Dum Dum Girls came on next and instantly, their sexy indie goddess appearance (complete with fishnet stockings) drew the entire crowd in. They played one of my favourite sets of NXNE, just pure indie garage rock with catchy melodies and hooks, what more can you ask for?

Sandy Vu of Dum Dum Girls

Highlight of the set: Everybody’s Out

Cults at Lee's Palace

Cults at Lee's Palace


Cults‘ dreamy indie pop translated well to a live set. Lead singer Madeline Follin’s upper register was truly jaw-dropping. The extended backing band helped up the energy and Follin’s charming demeanor really won over the beyond-capacity Lee’s Palace crowd. I actually enjoyed Dum Dum Girls a bit more but overall, it was a great night!
(despite Dirty Beaches)

Madeline Folin of Cults

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