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NXNE review: Dusted @Urban Outfitters, June 14, 2013

Brian Borcherdt and Leon Taheny debut new song at NXNE

Dusted played a free afternoon gig at Urban Outfitters as part of NXNE. (Photo: Tom Beedham)

Dusted played a free afternoon gig at Urban Outfitters as part of NXNE. (Photo: Tom Beedham)

Following a slew of performances from bands mostly double their size, Toronto lo-fi duo Dusted spent comparably longer putting their modest guitar, drum and keyboard setup together at the Urban Outfitters popup stage on June 14, 2013.

But they had a good excuse.

After apologizing for the late start, Dusted guitarist/vocalist Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck) explained to those gathered at the clothing store’s Queen Street West location that, after spending so much time off of the road holed up in the studio to record the follow-up to their 2012 debut, Total Dust, the frontman and percussionist Leon Taheny were a little rusty when it came down to arranging their gear.

The set wasn’t all apologies, though. The two made up for their late start by debuting a new track they’ve been honing in preparation for their new album in the middle of a set that was otherwise comprised solely of Total Dust tracks like “Property Lines,” “(Into the” Atmosphere,” and “All Comes Down.”

The delivery didn’t come without some hesitation (Borcherdt could be heard asking Taheny “How’s it go again?” before they ripped into it), but the band’s generous offering – especially for an outfit counting award-winning producer Taheny (Final Fantasy, Ohbijou, the Wooden Sky) amongst its two members –of something fairly unpolished shouldn’t go without acknowledgment.

Dusted served the track up to the crowd without a title, but after the gig, Taheny confirmed it was called “Backwoods Ritual” and that it would release with the new album “Hopefully this fall.”

NXNE reviews: Beach Day @Urban Outfitters June 14, 2013

Florida surf-pop group Beach Day played a free NXNE showcase put on by Urban Outfitters's Queen Street West location.

Florida surf-pop group Beach Day played a free NXNE showcase put on by Urban Outfitters’s Queen Street West location.

Providing songs explicitly called out by singer/guitarist Kimmy Drake as making reference to easily relatable subjects including “a boy,” “shoes,” and “going on a trip,” the set provided by Florida-based Beach Day seemed to make the most sense of all the bands featured in the consumer backdrop of yesterday’s NXNE showcase on the second floor of Urban Outfitters’s Queen Street West location. That’s not to suggest Beach Day was insincere consumer bait; fast-paced, bass-driven surf pop just sort of works amid the colourful backdrop of a retail environment pushing a fresh summer line of clothing and accessories, and no less in the middle of the afternoon.

It did make it kind of difficult to imagine that listening to their sun-soaked soundscapes at an 11 p.m. watering hole show (which they’ll do tonight at the Handlebar) would be better, though.