NXNE Festival Announces Band Lineup

 

Devo, Descendents, Pharcyde, Deerhoof, Crocodiles
and tons more…

 

The annual North By
Northeast music festival has announced the lineup of  bands for the 17th edition of the festival,
taking over Toronto
June 13-19, 2011. (Tickets are now available online at www.nxne.com.)

Devo, Descendents, Stars, The Pharcyde, Men Without Hats, Digable Planets, Twin
Shadow, OFF!, Art Brut, Shad, Land of Talk, Chad VanGaalen, and Cults will join
a festival line-up that also includes performances by The Dodos, Deerhoof, Hot
Water Music, The Bouncing Souls, and Anti-Flag (previously announced), plus Dum
Dum Girls, Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield, Braids, Ty Segall, Suuns, PS I
Love You, Crocodiles, Wild Nothing, The Pack A.D., Metz, Dirty Beaches, Forest
City Lovers, The Luyas, Lower Dens, Gentlemen Husbands, Rusty, Royal Bangs,
Julianna Barwick, No Joy, Prince Rama, Doldrums, Secret Cities, Evening Hymns,
Snowblink, Parlovr, Talk Normal, PUJOL, Woodsman, Gauntlet Hair, Joey Cape,
Tape Deck Mountain, AIDS Wolf, Houses, CJ Ramone, and Kevin Seconds.

 

Presented by AOL, New Wave legends Devo headline the summer’s biggest
day-and-night party on Saturday, June 18 at Yonge-Dundas Square. Toronto’s Yonge
Street will close to traffic and open to a massive crowd of NXNE fans as Devo –
complete with signature uniforms and flower pot hats – whip into the downtown
core with classics from cult fave albums Freedom of Choice and Q: Are We Not
Men? A: We Are Devo! Also rocking the Square will be Canada’s Men Without Hats, fresh
off a sold-out return to the stage at SXSW 2011.

“We’re excited to have such legendary artists play the busiest hub in Toronto for the largest music festival in Canada,” says
Joshua Ostroff, music editor, AOL Canada. “It will be a great time, with
amazing music and we’re looking forward to being right in the centre of the
party”

SoCal pop-punk hits NXNE on Thursday, June 16,
with Descendents. It’s a rare chance to see one of the genre’s most influential
bands, touring with their classic late-80s lineup for the first time in a
decade. They’ll share the Yonge-Dundas
Square stage with Vice Records’ L.A. hardcore supergroup OFF! featuring Keith
Morris (Circle Jerks & Black Flag), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven
Shane McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubacaba (Hot Snakes & Rocket From
The Crypt).

Sirius Satellite Radio touches down at Yonge-Dundas Square on Friday, June 17,
for a live-to-air North American broadcast featuring Juno-nominated Stars. The
band recently sold out consecutive nights at Massey Hall and opened for
Coldplay in Ottawa,
and their NXNE set will be a highlight of the
festival. Also on the bill is Montreal
trio Land
of Talk, generating great reviews in Pitchfork and Stereogum.

“A live show and broadcast from Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square
is a great way to share the excitement with our listeners across Canada and the U.S. while marking SIRIUS’ 6th year
of support for NXNE,” said Andreanne Sasseville,
Director, Canadian Content Development and Industry Relations, SIRIUS Canada
Inc.

NXNE ‘s final festival night rolls out Sunday,
June 19, as a second colossal evening party takes hold of Yonge-Dundas Square
and Yonge Street, fuelled by performances by alternative hip-hop legends The
Pharcyde, whose 90s release Bizarre Ride II was named by Kanye West as his
favourite album ever. The night also features Grammy Award winners Digable Planets,
tagged in Rolling Stone as “everything hip-hop should be: artistically sound,
unabashedly conscious and downright cool.”

Funding supporting all NXNE’s free public
concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square
is provided by the Government of Ontario.

 

There’s even more for fans at NXNE this June:
California’s Dum Dum Girls, coming off a 2010 tour with MGMT and Vampire
Weekend; Chad van Gaalen, playing new songs from his upcoming release, Diaper
Island; and Twin Shadow, hitting the festival on the heels of shows at SXSW,
Coachella, and Bonnaroo.

 

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