Get the most out of your 2015 North By Northeast Festival by seeing any of Indie Underground’s TOP 25 Must-See Bands!

NXNE2015 Announced Performers - Indie Underground - Aaron McMIllanWe have listened to every band / act out of the HUNDREDS that are playing at NXNE in order in order to give you a list of the best bands that will provide the most memorable NXNE experience. Make sure you check out the Special Mentions below.

Check back in the coming weeks see a day-by-day recommendations. You’ll see set times between bands / venues and recommended routes from walking or taking transit in order to get you there so you don’t miss a thing (see a sample from last year)!

Get your NXNE Tickets, Badges, Wristbands here.


Bands are listed alphabetically

Amen Dunes (Folk / Rock / Garage) – Brooklyn, NY, USA

NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 8 PM | Berkely Church (Church Stage)
– Friday, June 19 @ 9 PM | Danforth Music Hall


A Place To Bury Strangers (Rock / Psychedelic / Experimental) – Brooklyn NY, USA

NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 9 PM | Opera House


 

 Best Coast (Garage / Pop / Rock) – Los Angeles, CA, USA

NXNE Shows:
– Saturday, June 20 @ 8 PM Yonge Dundas Square


 

Dinner (Experimental / Gothwave) – Denmark, Copenhagen

NXNE Shows:
– Wednesday, June 17 @ 9 PM | Lee’s Palace


 

Doomsquad (Electronic / Tribal) – Toronto, ON, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Wednesday, June 17 @ 11 PM | Lee’s Palace
– Saturday, June 20, 2 AM | Garrison 1


 

Fresh Snow (Psychedelic / Rock) – Toronto, ON, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Friday, June 19 @ 10 PM | Lee’s Palace


 

HEALTH (Electronic / Rock) – Los Angeles, CA, USA

NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 12 AM | Horseshoe Tavern


 

Heaters (Garage / Psychedelic) – Grand Rapids, MI, USA

NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 4 PM | Garrison 1
– Friday, June 19 @ 4:30 AM | M for 159 Manning


 

Holydrug Couple (Psychedelic) – Santiago, Chili


NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 10 PM | Garrison 1
– Friday, June 19 @ 11 PM | Lee’s Palace


 

Jacco Gardner (Psychedelic / Chamber-Pop) – Hoorn, Netherlands

NXNE Shows:
– Wednesday, June 17 @ 10 PM – 11 PM | Horseshoe Tavern
– Thrusday, June 18 @ 11 PM | Garrison 1


 

Lower Dens (Dream-Pop / Post-Punk) – Baltimore, MA, USA

NXNE Shows:
– Wednesday, June 17 @ 12 AM – 1AM | Horseshoe Tavern


 

Lucius (Alt Garage / Pop) – Los Angeles, CA, USA

NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 1 AM | Adelaide Hall


 

Lydia Ainsworth (Dream-Pop / Electronic) – Toronto, ON, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 8 PM | Phoenix Concert Theatre


 

Mexican Slang (Garage / Lo-fi / Punk) – Toronto, ON, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Saturday, June 20 @ 11 PM | Silver Dollar Room


 

Moon King (Shoegaze / Dream-Punk) – Toronto, ON, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Wednesday, June 17 @ 11 PM | Horseshoe Tavern


 

No Joy (Dream-Pop / Lo-fi) – Montreal, QC, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 12 AM | Silver Dollar Room
– Friday, June 19 @ 12 AM | Silver Dollar Room
– Saturday, June 20 @ 1 AM | Silver Dollar Room


 

Pang Attack (Dream-Pop / Shoegaze) – Montreal, QC, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Saturday, June 20 @ 3 PM | Yonge Dundas Square


 

Programm (Psychedelic / Electronic / Shoegaze) – Whitby, ON, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Wednesday, June 17 @ 10 PM | Lee’s Palace
– Saturday, June 20 @ 10 PM | Adelaide Hall


 

Summer Heart (Pop / Electronic) – Malmö Sweden

NXNE Shows:
– Saturday, June 20 @ 2:30 PM | Gap In-Store @ 375 Queen St. W


 

The Gories (Garage / Rock) – Detroit, MI, USA

NXNE Shows:
– Saturday, June 20 @ 12:30 AM – 1:45 AM | Horseshoe Tavern


 

The Muscadettes (Garage / Rock / Pop) – Montreal, QC, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Friday, June 19 @ 8:45 PM | M for 159 Manning


 

The New Pornographers (Pop / Rock) – Vancouver, BC, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Saturday, June 20 @ 9 PM – 10:30 | Yonge Dundas Square


 

U.S. Girls (Psychedelic / Experimental) – Toronto, ON, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 12 AM | Garrison 1


 

Vogue Dots (Synth-Pop / Electronic) – Halifax, NS, Canada

NXNE Shows:
– Thursday, June 18 @ 11 PM | Handlebar


 

Warpaint (Ethereal / Psychedelic) – Los Angeles, CA, USA

NXNE Shows: – Friday, June 19 @ 12 AM | Adelaide Hall


Special Mentions:

American Wrestlers, B-17, Beta Frontiers, Blonde Readhead, Bravestation, Diana, Double Date With Death, Etiquette, Fake Palms, Folly & The Hunter, Glass Animals, Glory Glory, I Smell Blood, King Creep, Lucius, Moonwood, Nancy Pants, Odonis Odonis, Pat Jordache, Pick A Piper, Planet Creature, Praises, Prince Innocence, Real Estate, Rolemodel, Secret Sun, Son Lux, Tenderness, The Auras, Twist, Walrus, We Were Lovers, Zones.


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Aaron McMillan

Aaron is the Founder / Chief Editor and curator of Indie Underground (Est. 2012). He just tried Franks Red Hot for the first time just a couple months ago and now he uses it about 3 to 4 times per week.