​Dilly Dally The Silver Dollar, Toronto ON, June 19

​Dilly Dally The Silver Dollar, Toronto ON, June 19
Photo: Katherine Kwan
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Toronto's Buzz Records have been one of the busiest labels at this year's NXNE, between hosting an official showcase and supporting some of the bigger international acts, but one of the smartest bill pairings of the week was grunge pop quartet Dilly Dally opening for Montreal shoegazers No Joy. Despite having yet to put out a full-length album — one is apparently due out later this year— the band have coalesced by playing nonstop locally for several years.
 
Wearing a rhinestone-studded trucker hat and a t-shirt with a tiger's face and lightning, lead singer and guitarist Katie Monks was a magnetic personality, yowling (at times reminiscent of Karen O in pre-major label Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and using every inch of the venue's tight corners. Playing for about half an hour, their intensity never flagged once as they proved why they're one of the city's best up-and-coming groups.