NXNE Announce Plans for 2018 Festival

North By Northeast has shared dates for its upcoming festival, and the 24th edition will take place from June 8th to 17th. The venue has also been tweaked, as it will be moving from the Port Land’s back to its roots with outdoor shows along Yonge Street and in clubs and venues across the city.

“We at North by Northeast have always loved presenting amazing new music at Canada’s most exciting intersection, free of charge. And NXNE’s fans and supporters have been clear they love shows on Yonge Street, even miss them. So we’re bringing the music back to the center of the city, bigger and better,” says Michael Hollett, NXNE Founder.

The festival will also be turning Yonge Street into a “festival village” from June 15th-17th, where free comedy shows, concerts, and panels will be offered. There will also be live music at Yonge-Dundas Square. The Game Land eSports event is also set to take place for the third year running from June 8th-10th.


Sufjan Stevens Shares New Song “Wallowa Lake Monster”

Sufjan Stevens will be releasing The Greatest Gift Mixtape – Outtakes, Remixes, & Demos from Carrie and Lowell, on November 24th and has released a new song from the upcoming mixtape titled “Wallowa Lake Monster”.

The song features several allusions to “Dungeons and Dragons” and can be heard below. The mixtape itself is meant as a compliment to Stevens’ beautiful and personal 2015 album Carrie & Lowell.

Stevens recently released Carrie & Lowell Live earlier this year, as well as Planetarium, his collaborative effort with The National’s Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister.

Björk Interviews Herself

In anticipation of her upcoming album, Utopia, Björk has taken it upon herself to ask herself some questions about what can be expected of the album, as well as to offer some insight into what makes the artist tick.

The interview is for W magazine, and is prefaced with this disclaimer: “before I fell asleep last night I tried to think of some like normcore magaziney questions, but I didn’t feel too inspired, but maybe I should answer them, perhaps they are just a warm-up into some ice breakage later?”

She then goes on to answer what is likely everyone’s most pressing question for the singer: “what is your relationship with flutes?” She offers some insight by going on to say that she played the flute in a few punk bands, and credits the instrument with training her lungs for breathing and stamina.

The entire interview is filled with all kinds of insights into topics such as love, friendship, and sex. It is well worth the read.