Wednesday’s NXNE picks: Pat Jordache, Library Voices, We Are Wolves and more
For NXNE wristband holders and general music enthusiasts alike, today is the day. More specifically, it’s Wednesday, and more importantly, it’s the first full day of concerts at North by Northeast. We’re a little overwhelmed by the abundance of indie action, so today we decided to make five selections instead of our usual three—including Montreal talent, literary geeks, an ex–pizza shop employee and more. Check out our selections for Wednesday, after the jump.
1. Concert—Pat Jordache
Pat Jordache is the stage name of Montreal musician Patrick Gregoire. Inspired by friend Merrill Garbus, the force behind tUnE yArDs, Jordache’s latest album Future Songs has the right blend of do-it-yourself lo-fi appeal and strong melodies and lyrics. The result: an impressive live show. 9 p.m. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W., 416-519-9439.
2. Concert—Library Voices
They may be from Saskatchewan, but Library Voices have already received nods from SPIN Magazine, Exclaim and even The New Yorker. We think the latter probably put it best (it is The New Yorker, after all), suggesting the band “may well appeal to indie music fans with a light taste for the lighthearted, and, of course, hip bookworms who can appreciate the group’s eclectic assortment of literary shout-outs.” The band’s new album, Summer of Lust, drops August 23, and we’re hoping for a preview tonight (or when they take to the stage at the Mod Club on Friday). 12 a.m. The Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W., 416-596-1908.
3. Concert—Lower Dens
Lower Dens vocalist Jana Hunter once worked at a pizza shop in Houston, but the release of the band’s debut full-length record Twin-Hand Movement hopefully signals a well-deserved move away from minimum wage. Hunter’s voice is deep and haunting—check out “Hospice Gates” for a taste. 10 p.m. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W., 416-519-9493.
4. Concert—We Are Wolves
We Are Wolves have a late set tonight, which is perfect for their blend of wild guitar rock and occasional synth-pop beats. While the Montreal rockers may not have been the inspiration for Zach Galifianakis’s now-famous “wolf pack” speech, they’re definitely a different breed of band that’s worth checking out. We suggest showing up with your dancing shoes on. 1 a.m. The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., 416-598-4753.
5. Flick—Rolling Like a Stone
What happens to youthful music fans who grow up and join the real world? Rolling Like a Stone, directed by Stefan Berg and Magnus Gertten, is based around a reel of grainy home movie footage from a party in Malmö, Sweden, in 1965. The clip captures the young Rolling Stones on tour, surrounded by fellow musicians, friends and groupies. The filmmakers tracked down the individuals featured in the film (minus the Stones) and explored their lives ever since that one moment in time. 4:45 p.m. Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King St. W., 416-343-1234.