Saskatoon's all-instrumental Shooting Guns make cosmically textured, anvil-heavy psych metal. Hawkwindian riffs, Neu-style groove and Prairie-sky spaciness add up to deliriously hypnotic doom. Their 2011 full-length, Born To Deal In Magic, made last year's Polaris Prize long list ballot, and they've released two split 7-inches since.
Friday, June 14, 10 pm, the Hideout, NXNE wristband or $15.
For a punkier take on heavy, give Hamilton's WTCHS a try. The lo-fi "cave pop" band's new split 7-inch - with the stunningly creepy Thoughts on Air (sadly not playing the fest) - is an unholy racket of smashing cymbals, distorted melodic vocals (with female backups), screaming feedback and post-punk angles. A sweet preview to their full-length - out this fall.
Thursday, June 13, 2 am, Gladstone Ballroom, NXNE wristband or $15.
Miesha & the Spanks
Miesha Louie's got the defiant attitude and growly vocals of Joan Jett, and with Stuart Bota on drums she pumps out hard-hitting swaggerific rock 'n' roll. The Calgary duo's album Girls, Like Wolves, out in July, was recorded by local riffmeister Ian Blurton. His new band, Public Animal (described as a cross between Uriah Heap, Cheap Trick and Status Quo), is also on the Bovine bill.
Thursday, June 13, 12:30 am, the Rivoli; Friday, June 14, 10 pm, Bovine Sex Club, both shows NXNE wristband or $12.
It doesn't get much more desert rock than Waxy, who are actually from the desert (Palm Springs) and everything. Think beat-up amps, beards and boots. The stoner-rock six-piece delivers loud, slow riffs and classic psychedelia infused with notable bluesy soulfulness thanks largely to singer Robbie Owen.
Thursday, June 13, 11 pm, Bovine Sex Club; Saturday, June 15, midnight, Cherry Cola's, both shows NXNE wristband or $12.
Wednesday, June 12, 11:15 pm, the Boat, NXNE wristband or $10.