photos by David Andrako
Mikal Cronin / Shannon & the Clams @ Silver Dollar Room 6/14/2013
But the afternoon, and perhaps NXNE as a whole belonged to recent Merge Records signing Mikal Cronin. This was his third of four shows at the fest and while he appeared rushed due to time constraints, Cronin sounded exactly as you'd hope he would: poppy but scrappy, daring but focused and completely engaging.After spending Thursday night (6/13) of Toronto fest NXNE seeing Nu Sensae, Merchandise, and more and then on Friday hitting The National in Yonge-Dundas Square and the M for Montreal showcase at Sneaky Dee's on Friday (6/14), we spent our Saturday (6/15) of NXNE at the Silver Dollar Room to catch Mikal Cronin whose new record on Merge, MCII, is one of the best guitar pop albums of the year. Also on the bill were tourmates Shannon & the Clams whose new album on Hardly Art is album pretty fun. The show was great and as you can see from the pictures in this post, a pretty wild time. Toronto's Chico No Face were on the bill too.
Later that evening, the Silver Dollar Room swelled in anticipation of Shannon and the Clams, the Oakland act that's often difficult to label, but impossible not to enjoy wholeheartedly. Shannon Shaw displayed effortless grace and a somewhat seductive snarl throughout their buoyant set, which eventually had the floor of the Silver Dollar Room shaking in total agreement with their pungent garage pop ditties. Shannon and the Clams have been garnering acclaim for their recent Hardly Art full-length Dreams in the Rat House, and they're very well deserved. - [Popmatters]
Unfortunately, this show is going to be one the final shows at the Silver Dollar Room, because the venue will soon be demolished to build more student buildings in Toronto.
Mikal Cronin and Shannon & the Clams' tour hits NYC later this week for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (6/20) with Roomrunner (who also have a show with Speedy Ortiz and California X soon).
Shannon & the Clams, meanhile, have another show while here, playing Death by Audio on Wednesday (6/19) with Hector's Pets, Las Rosas, and The Foxx. $10 at the door. Mikal will be back next month MoMA Nights on July 18.
Updated Shannon & the Clams dates are listed, along with pictures from NXNE, below...
Shannon and the Clams
Chico No Face
Shannon & the Clams - 2013 Tour Dates
06.18.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
06.19.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio =
06.20.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
06.21.13 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong * +
06.22.13 - Asheville, NC - Emerald Lounge * %
06.23.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
06.24.13 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox *
06.25.13 - Memphis, TN - Murphy's *
06.26.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada * +
06.27.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (outdoor stage) * +
06.28.13 - Tulsa, OK - Soundpony +
06.29.13 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
06.30.13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
07.20.13 - Paris, FR - Festival City Sound
07.24.13 - Toulouse, FR - Le Saint Des Seins
07.26.13 - Bordeaux, FR - Festival Relache #
07.27.13 - Lorient, FR - Le Galion
08.01.13 - St. Brieuc, FR - Les Halles
08.02.13 - Liege, BE - Micro Festival
08.03.13 - Binic, FR - Binic Festival ^
08.04.13 - Binic, FR - Binic Festival *
* - w/ Mikal Cronin
= - w/ Hector's Pets, Las Rosas, The Foxx
% - w/ Greg Cartwright
# - w/ Warm Soda
^ - w/ Thee Oh Sees
+ - all-ages show