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Festivals like NXNE facilitate the discovery of new acts before they blow up, but that doesn't mean that those musicians stop coming back once they've achieved wider recognition.
ARMY GIRLS When they first played NXNE in 2012, there was already buzz behind the garage rock duo of guitarist/singer Carmen Elle (who currently keeps busy with DIANA) and drummer Andy Smith (also seen on stage with Doldrums).
Army Girls play Lee's Palace, Friday (June 20) at 9 pm.
MAC DEMARCO He made an impression at 2011's NXNE with his former band, Makeout Videotape, but it was his 2012 appearance that solidified his reputation as an entertainingly unpredictable performer.
Mac DeMarco plays the Opera House on Friday (June 20) at 11 pm, and Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday (June 21) at 7:30 pm.
ZEUS Toronto classic pop fanatics Zeus have rocked many NXNEs by now. They made a lot of new fans in 2009 at the Arts & Crafts showcase, almost a year before their debut album, Say Us, hit the streets.
Zeus play the Cameron House Kind Snacks Stage on Saturday (June 21) at 9 pm.
METZ They've got a Sub Pop record deal and tour the world now, but back in 2009 METZ were still a secret of the local underground scene, and shredding eardrums at an intimate show at the Silver Dollar.
METZ play Lee's Palace on Saturday (June 21) at midnight.