NOW's annual North By Northeast blowout touches down at the Reverb Friday (June 8) and features a sick slate of fantastic locals and up-and-coming out-of-towners destined for greatness. In case you need a primer, we've put together a handy overview to introduce you to the evening's talented attractions. It's free if you invest in a wristband and a mere $15 if you don't. Check out www.nxne.com for more info.
JONATHAN COULTON (9 pm) Self-made Internet singer/songwriter star recently heralded in the New York Times Magazine shows what all the cyber-buzz is about.
HOLLERADO (10 pm) Unsung Montreal indie rock squad gear up for an August European tour by testing out their jittery, frayed-nerve hooks and bold singalong melodies on unsuspecting T.O. audiences.
SPIRAL BEACH (11 pm) Defiantly manic Toronto teen threats combine trippy stoner tangents with the kaleidoscopic melodic assault of classic NYC new wave.
JESSE MALIN (midnight) D Generation's glam frontman ditches the fancy pants and oversized do and re-emerges as a mature, self-reflexive singer/songwriter with a hard-on for rough-edged ragged-ass road rockers like Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.
REPUBLIC OF SAFETY (1 am) Torontopia's sexiest revolutionaries return from their electric Vacation EP with a wiry post-punk explosion that will have you sweating on the dance floor as you dream up ways to smash the state.