NXNE 09: Friday & Saturday preview

by W. Andrew Powell

Part two in our NXNE preview for Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20. Featuring music from a selection of bands you can check out in Toronto as 500 bands descend on the city between June 17 and 21 for the 2009 North by Northeast music festival.

Friday, June 19 @ The Rivoli
The Framework – 10:00 pm | MySpace.com/songsintheframework

Song: “Always Left Behind”

Bio: This Toronto synth-rock band is notorious for its explosive live performances and undeniable star power. Fans of The Killers will love the band’s catchy, danceable, Brit-rock songs. Their debut full-length record, Before Tonight, is out through Last Gang, August 4th

Friday, June 19th @ Cadillac Lounge
Andrea Wasse – 9:00 PM | MySpace.com/andreawassemusic

Song: “Glow”

Bio: Andrea fronted the London, ON, band The Weekend for a decade, then decamped for L.A. 3 years ago. The Californian sun mellowed her soul and she fell in love with her acoustic guitar… and not having to shout over Marshall stacks.

Saturday, June 20 @ The Mod Club
God Made Me Funky – 9:00 pm | MySpace.com/godmademefunky

Song: “On The Line”

Bio: God Made ME Funky (GMMF) is a funky live ensemble, comprised of a diverse array of musicians ranging from a classically trained jazz artist to street schooled Hip-Hop and R&B vocalists. An eclectic mix of old school hip-hop with a new school twist; funk, rap, rock and R&B merged together help to produce the band’s “NuFunk” genre. The band consists of Vocalists – Kaybe and Melissa O’Neil, Rapper – PHATT al, Keys – Danny Argyle, Bass – Cam Dougall, Guitar – Rich Grossman, Trumpet – Benji Perosin, Sax – Arthur Kerekes, and Drums – Alan Witz.

God Made Me Funky’s new album “Welcome to the NuFunktonia” hits stores July 14, 2009.

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