NXNE 2012: Elephant Stone at Dakota Tavern

Elephant Stone haven’t played “Strangers” their last few times in Toronto, so if you’re needing a fix, it’s up there, courtesy of THE iNDiE MACHiNE.

The Glass Box tune was hardly missed from their Dakota setlist, though; the Montrealers have lately been veering away from friendly pop into louder, psychedelic, guitar-heavy fare in live performances—a little less High Dials, a little more Black Angels. Standing five feet away from the stage, in a place like the cramped Dakota, it’s a sight to behold (especially, as we’ve mentioned before, when Rishi Dhir gets down to some sitar business).

Now if only they could figure out how to set up a stage in less than 40 minutes. As is becoming the norm with Elephant Stone at festivals, they used up a third of their allotted time putting their elaborate gear together. Necessary, yes, but a disappointing loss of music. You’ll get your best look at them on a full-fledged tour.

-Scott Bryson

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