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Hot Date: The Flaming Lips Fire Up NXNE

The Flaming Lips headline NXNE's lineup of free concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square

JUNE 11 TO 17 Throw up your rock fist as the North by Northeast Festival returns for another year. More than 600 emerging and established artists are slated to perform at venues throughout the city, including Yonge-Dundas Square, which hosts four nights of free headlining concerts by the likes of Canadian alt-rocker Matthew Good, punk legends Bad Religion, Wu Tang Clan’s Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, and iconic psychedelic-rock band The Flaming Lips, whose jubilant live show is known to feature more special effects than you can shake a drum stick at. The festival also offers screenings of 40 music-themed films, plus a conference for industry professionals. Various venues. Festival wristbands $25 to $250; call 416-863-6963 or click here for more information.

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