Mick Jenkins and Smino had a Midwest moment at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall as their ‘A Quest For Love’ tour popped off with good vibes.
The duo’s set at the Phoenix Concert Theatre hit an upper echelon as they flirted with ‘Three’, ‘Nightlife’, ‘Voices’, and 2009’s ‘Eyelid Movies’.
M83 headlined Toronto’s Rebel Nightclub and fired off a lecture on electronica — underlining ‘Junk’ and throwbacks such as “Midnight City”.
Die Antwoord tagged Rebel (Sound Academy) with a sold-out show that tore through ‘Mount Ninji’, ‘TEN$ION’, ‘Donker Mag’, and more.
Founders’ new NYC offshoot tapped into its own ultralight beam with sets from Kanye, J. Cole, Chance, Grimes, Metric, Pusha T, and more.
The L.A. foursome’s recent headliner popped off with dizzying nods to ‘Heads Up’, ‘Warpaint’, ‘The Fool’, and their 2008 debut ‘Exquisite Corpse’.
Sigur Rós’ theater run crashed into Toronto’s Massey Hall with a flurry of intimacy, heady visuals, and a 16-song set that layered layers.
Tom Krell’s return to Toronto was a celestial one-nighter that undressed his ‘Care’ LP and put the spotlight on his ability to melt your heart.
The ‘Eric Andre Live!’ tour made its way over to Toronto and “ranched it up” with skits, Kraft Punk, ranch, and a NSFW helping of chaos.
TURF 2016’s timely ode to fall featured sets from Death Cab, Jimmy Eat World, Lush, Margo Price, Modern Baseball, and Julien Baker.
Bam Bam and Meyhem Lauren laced up at the Sound Academy and flew right off the top rope — diving into bars, classics, and ‘Mr. Wonderful’.
Groovy Q’s return to Toronto was highlighted by a Kobe-esque take on ‘Habits’, ‘Oxymoron’, and this year’s incredible ‘Blank Face LP’.
#MDBP hit Toronto’s Historic Fort York and popped off with Diplo, Grandtheft, NGHTMRE, Slander, and a whole mess of good vibrations.
Wrecking Ball raised some hell in Atlanta, GA with the likes of Deerhunter, Thursday, Foxing, Rainer Maria, Touché Amoré and more.
Deftones and Refused ended their U.S. tour on a high note — tearing through classics, new ones, and a Saturday night thrashing of alt metal.
Embrace Presents’ one-day affair popped off with Run The Jewels, Kehlani, Joey Bada$$, Broods, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, TOPS + more.
Montreal’s beloved festival hit all of the right notes as it hosted the likes of Radiohead, Future, Grimes, Best Coast, Vince Staples, and more.
Fuji Rock Sunday was a blast from that past that went big with the Chili Peppers, Deafheaven, Battles, Leon Bridges and Explosions In The Sky.
Japan’s premier rock festival hit the reset button on Saturday with Beck, Wilco, The Album Leaf, Squarepusher, Kill The Noise, and more.
The first day of Fuji Rock upped the bliss with the likes of Sigur Rós, Disclosure, James Blake, Mura Masa, The Internet, and Courtney Barnett.
WayHome closed things out with a slow burn of alternative — featuring MØ, The Arcs, Beirut, White Denim, Stars, All Them Witches + more.
On Saturday, WayHome went “all out” with the likes of Arcade Fire, Savages, BadBadNotGood, Arkells, Kurt Vile, Noah Gundersen + more.
The second edition of WayHome kicked things off with an indie-heavy bill that featured Foals, Mac DeMarco, CHVRCHES, Wolf Parade, and more.
Mitski, Jay Som, and Japanese Breakfast’s sold-out gig at The Horseshoe was all about guitars and songs “made of crushed little stars”.
Anderson .Paak’s mid-festival one-off in Toronto was full of ‘Malibu’ standouts and genuine odes to the likes of Bowie, Brown, and NxWorries.
Pitchfork Fest Game 6’d another hot Chicago summer with the likes of FKA Twigs, Jeremih, Blood Orange, Savages, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Kristian Matsson’s headlining set at The Danforth instigated memories, emotions, and callbacks to ‘The Wild Hunt’ and ‘Dark Bird Is Home’.
The Ontario songwriter and new Grimes’ label signee teamed up with Brandon Williams and Chastity for a riveting portrait of alternative.
Dustin Kensrue and co blitzed through a 20-song setlist that retraced ‘Beggars’, ‘Major/Minor’, ‘Vheissu’, and ‘The Artist In The Ambulance’.
Brand New and mewithoutYou’s Canadian tour run hit the Sound Academy with a thud as it tore through a bunch of new faves and old fixes.