2010-06-21 10:17:01

The 15 best bands of NXNE 2010

The best of the NXNE 2010 fest

The best of the NXNE festival.

Click through the band name to read the full review. All videos by Graeme Phillips. Reviews and photos by Carla Gillis, Jason Keller, Benjamin Boles, Richard Trapunski, Andrew Rennie and Jordan Bimm.

1. Iggy Pop and the Stooges

Iggy Pop's onstage fury and chaos tore the city a new one.

2. Thee Oh Sees

This San Francisco band hits the sweet spot between dirty rock and roll intensity and droney psychedelic weirdness.

3. Les Savy Fav

With this show, it's easy to see why a rare Les Savy Fav live performance is the stuff of legend.

4. Big Freedia

Freedia may very well have cemented a place for New Orleans bounce music in Toronto.

5. Comenachi

Bold, raw, refreshing and hilarious.

6. AA Bondy

When it comes to the melancholy rural thing, this Alabama native can mope with the best of them - probably better.

7. Free Energy

Five easy-going dudes wearing drug rugs and feathers on their guitars, playing good time Southern-tinged rock.

8. Trust

Local disco act who are going to be exploding very soon.

9. Best Coast

Best Coast churned out the perfect soundtrack to the sweaty, summer night.

10. Young Empires

Young Empires had people literally jumping along to their songs.

11. X

Seminal LA punks X sounded positively ageless.

12. Glass Candy

Their quirky American take on 80s Euro-disco was definitely a hit on the dance floor.

13. 84.85

Amazing, intensely-fun electro-rap party for the ages.

14. Man Or Astroman?

It was all systems go for the packed Horseshoe.

15. Walter Schreifels

Former Quicksand frontman is a class act. [rssbreak]

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