NXNE has just announced that critically acclaimed Brooklyn indie rockers the National will be headlining the free Friday night block party at Yonge-Dundas June on 14. Also confirmed for this year's fest is up-and-coming rapper Joey Bada$$, veteran alt rockers the Supersuckers, Danish punks Iceage, prog- folk duo Buke & Gase, Florida noise pop band Merchandise, garage rock singer/songwriter Mikal Cronin, and glam rock rapper Mickey Avalon.
In addition to the official lineup, the NXNE Spotlight Series presents ticketed shows throughout the festival that will also admit a limited number of NXNE pass holders. Spotlight Series shows include Black Flag tribute act FLAG (June 14 at the Opera House, featuring original Black Flag members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukoswki, Dez Cadena and Bill Stevenson), alt country heroes Calexico (June 12, at Virgin Mobile Mod Club), and Swedish punks Mellencolin (June 15, at the Phoenix).
The beginnings of the NXNE Comedy Extra Series has also been announced, which will feature Donnell Rawlings at the Danforth Music Hall, June 16. 50 NXNE pass holders will be admitted in addition to ticket holders.
Lots more will be announced over the coming weeks, but check nxne.com for more info on tickets, passes and wristbands.