The festival is just starting to swing into high gear, and it only gets busier after this. If you're already feeling overwhelmed, here's some tips for tonight's gigs.
Amos The Transparent The Ottawa indie band just put out a new record, and it's damn catchy. They're on at 11 pm at the El Mocambo downstairs. See listing.
Animal Talk A promising new dance-rock band from Boston, with the emphasis more on the rock than the dance. They're playing the Painted Lady at 10 pm. See listing.
Army Girls This Toronto guitar/drums duo have a few fans around the NOW office, and we've got high hopes for them. To help convince you, here's some live video of them at the NOW Lounge. They play Supermarket at 9 pm. See listing.
Beliefs Do you like feedback, mumbled vocals and walls of guitar? Then you should check out this shoegazer-inspired Toronto band at the Drake Hotel Underground at 9 pm. See listing.
Mac DeMarco Between all the official and unofficial shows, it seems like Montreal's Mac DeMarco is playing about a billion gigs in Toronto this week. Tonight is the first one, at the Drake Hotel Underground at 11 pm. See listing.
Sit Down Servant Big Sugar's Gordie Johnson has some strange new project call Sit Down Servant that blends gospel, dub, synthesizers and blues. If you're as curious as we are, check it out at Supermarket tonight at 11 pm. See listing.
Hill and the Sky Heroes We first saw Hill Kourkoutis playing in the Weeknd's backing band at his debut show last year, but her solo material is on a totally different trip. Picture a bit of soul, some surf and some glam rock. She and her band play tonight at the El Mocambo at 8 pm. See listing.
Special Guest The first of the NXNE secret shows happens tonight at the Cameron house at midnight. Can you guess who it is? See listing.