Stage Command: B+
Probably the largest venue the three-piece has ever played. Not only did it sound unusually well — apparently abrasive, sample-based music travels well — for a Yonge-Dundas Show, but frontman Dean Tzenos exorcized a few demons to please these eyes, too (not that they need the full-on NIN live show, but a little, spirited "rocking out" can go a long way when you're just three dudes in a massive, concrete forum).
Sure, this would have made a whole lot more sense in front of Swans at Y-D on Friday, instead of two spots before Danny Brown, but I'll take the gristly and vanguard in the most public of theatres whenever I can get it.
Delivering On Your (imagined?) Mandate: A
I feel this probably makes good on an NXNE mandate of some sort — something about being a platform for promoting local bands. Yes, the 45-day radius is shit, but the idea that the fest will up the stakes and put a hometown artist in front of a lot of people is a sweet cherry atop the whole pile.
— Chart Attack (@ChartAttack) June 19, 2014