Posted in To Do | music on June 13, 2014

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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Northside Festival
The Northside Festival's four-day takeover of North Brooklyn is in full swing tonight with basically every venue in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick involved. There are lots of shows but we've highlighted our picks here -- noted by the "(Northside)" in the event name.

Operators (Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade), Little Big League, Motion Studies @ Baby's All Right (BrooklynVegan Northside Showcase)
There's plenty of amazing shows tonight, though of course we hope you come to our showcase, which features the NYC debut of Operators, the new band of Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits member Dan Boeckner. From the sound of the song they released, it's seeming most similar to H Furs' stuff. Opening are Philly indie rockers Little Big League and Brooklyn's funky Motion Studies, who are on Nick Sylvester's (of Mr. Dream) GODMODE label, and he drums in the band too.

Blondes, Young Male, Max McFerren, Physical Therapy @ Baby's All Right
After our show you can stick around Baby's and dance to these quality DJs.

The War on Drugs, Woods, Julianna Barwick @ 50 Kent
This show is at the rechristened 50 Kent, aka the giant outdoor space that used to be Williamsburg Park.  It should be a good one too, with The War on Drugs' spacious Petty-isms perfect for the outdoor environment, as will Woods. Also: while some Northside shows might fill their badge quota quickly, that probably won't be a problem here given the size of the venue.

Sharon Van Etten, Amen Dunes @ Bowery Ballroom
We still remember when Sharon played the upstairs at Pianos as part of one of our CMJ day parties, so we couldn't be more pleased that her career has really taken off. This is her second of three sold-out NYC shows this week.

Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside Festival)
Animal Collective members Panda Bear and Avey Tare have been focusing on their own projects lately, but tonight the band (or maybe select members of the band) will be in NYC to DJ.

Nick Waterhouse, The Vandelles, Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Northside Festival)
If vintage soul is your idea of a good time, this should fit the bill: Nick Waterhouse really knows how this stuff is supposed to sound, and is a terrific songwriter to boot. That goes triple for Toubin, whose taste is beyond impeccable. The Vandelles are fun too! Unlike almost all Night Bazaar shows, this one is not free, but you can get in with your Northside Badge.

+/- {Plus Minus}, Flower (reunion show), John Lindaman, Trummors, Vomit Fist @ Cake Shop
Before Versus, brothers Richard and Ed Baluyut were in NYC band Flower who put out two albums and an EP's worth of moody indie rock during the second half of the 1980s. They reunite tonight to benefit the New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center, . Also on the bill: +/- Plus/Minus (featuring a third Baluyut brother, James), James Lindaman (of True Love Always), Trummors (Dave Lerner who used to be in Ted Leo + Pharmacists), andVomit Fist.

Nite Jewel, Ejecta, Brothertiger, Psychic Twin, The Great Void @ Cameo Gallery (Northside Festival)
Ejecta is the duo of Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber and Ford & Lopatin's Joel Ford that centers around Leanne's (almost) always "completely naked" character. They also make pretty good synth pop. Headlining this showcase is eccentric performer Nite Jewel whose music is a hazy take on late '80s R&B pop.

Shellshag, Benny The Jet Rodriguez, Shark Pact, Dogjaw @ Death by Audio
It's a good night for lo-fi/DIY punk at DbA with local regulars Shellshag, LA's Benny The Jet Rodriguez, Shark Pact, and Olympia's Dogjaw.

Ka @ Europa (Northside Festival)
Brooklyn rapper Ka got a good amount of buzz last year for his impressive album The Night's Gambit, and tonight he'll take that material to the stage in his hometown.

Omar Souleyman, Dutch E Germ, Prince Rama (DJ Set) @ Glasslands (Northside Festival)
Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman puts on the kind of show that you just have to see for yourself, as many of you probably know already considering this is sold out. Former Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ opens.

Perfect Pussy, Shilpa Ray, Roya @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
One of two chances to see exciting live act Perfect Pussy during Northside, this showcase also features underrated performer Shilpa Ray and Roya which features members of Habibi and The Clean.

White Mystery, J.A.C.K., Whiskey Bitches, Vulture Shit @ Matchless (Northside Festival)
Guitar-drums garage rock duos are a dime a dozen, but White Mystery from Chicago stand out and not just because siblings Alex and Francis are flaming redheads. Alex has a soulful wail that she lets belt out at top register. They're also less blues-y than many of their brethren -- even without the singing nobody's gonna confuse them with The White Stripes, Thee Oh Sees, etc.

Psychic Twin, Sateen, Limited, Ziemba, Harvey Sid Fisher @ Muchmore's (Northside Festival)
occasional actor and cult singer Harvey Sid Fisher is probably best known for his album Astrology Songs in which he performs songs about the 12 signs of the Zodiac....the album came out on Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger's Amarillo Records, which also makes Harvey labelmates with Anton LaVey.

Albert Hammond Jr, Drowners @ MHOW (Northside)
He just played Governors Ball last weekend with that band that he's in, and tonight Albert Hammond Jr plays his Strokes-y solo material for Northside crowds. Opening act Drowners probably own a Strokes album or two.

Marnie Stern, Tweens, Amanda X @ Rough Trade (Northside Festival)
This lineup is solid all around with Marnie Stern whose funny stage banter is matched by her guitar heroics, Cincinnati's punky, poppy Tweens and Philly's also punky Amanda X.

Perfect Pussy, Hop Along, Pleasure Leftists, Frankie Cosmos @ Saint Vitus (Northside Festival)
Excellent bill at Vitus with the fiercely intense noise punks Perfect Pussy, Philly indie rock faves Hop Along, Cleveland post-punks Pleasure Leftists, and twee pop/anti-folk singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ski Mask, Whore Paint @ Shea Stadium
Ed Schrader's Music Beat just released their new album Party Jail via JEFF The Brotherhood's Infinity Cat label. As the title implies the record is a good time, 13 hyperactive tallboys of fuzzbass dancepunk, not a million miles away from Le Tigre or The B-52s. Tonight's the record release party (and it's not part of Northside).

Porches, Fat (Bad) History Month, Pile, Dust From A Thousand Years, New England Patriots @ Silent Barn
Exploding In Sound throw their unofficial Northside showcase tonight at Silent Barn. As we've come to expect from EIS, it's packed with loud rock bands who should appeal to anyone nostalgic for the '90s.

Crow Bait, Beach Slang, Chandeli'ers, Outta Gas @ Suburbia
Tonight's the NYC debut of Beach Slang, the new Philly trio fronted by James Snyder of '90s punk band Weston. All they've got out so far is a 4-song EP, but each track is a winner with the sugary distorted guitar hooks of early Goo Goo Dolls and The Replacements meeting the gruff vocals of Jawbreaker. Tons of quotable lines too. This show doubles as the release show for alt-country punks Crow Bait (mem. Iron Chic) who are celebrating their debut album, Sliding Through the Halls of Fate, out now on Don Giovanni.

Ava Luna, Nat Baldwin, Glass Ghost, Grooms @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
This is the Western Vinyl showcase and is headlined by longrunning (and undervalued) Brooklyn Ban Ava Luna. We're fans of openers Grooms, too, who make Sonic Youth-style rock.

Beach Fossils, Craft Spells, Axxa, Abraxas, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Donovan Blanc, Mike Sniper (DJ set) @ Warsaw (Northside Festival)
Captured Tracks takes over Warsaw tonight for Northside. Of special note: West Coast band Craft Spells whose new album Naseua is worth checking out, as is their hyperactive live show. Label domo Mike Sniper will be spinning songs in between bands.

Kelis, Son Little @ Webster Hall
Kelis has been one of the most underrated pop singers for years, and this year she actually "went indie," teaming up with producer Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio) and releasing her new neo-soul-inspired album on Ninja Tune.

Bobby McFerrin & Questlove @ Town Hall (Blue Note Jazz Festival)
The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues tonight and the show at Town Hall is an interesting one. It pairs the jazz legend Bobby McFerrin (best known, unfortunately, as the guy who sang "Don't Worry, Be Happy") with Roots drummer/frequent DJ/D'Angelo collaborator/Twitter celebrity/whatever else Questlove for an evening of "musical dialogue" they'e calling "Mumbo Jumbo."

Tonight's Escort / French Horn Rebellion show at Watermark Bar has been moved to July 10 due to weather.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Comments (11)

The Northside Festival is living proof of just how lame the indie scene has become. The only thing worse than the music is the crowds that it attracts.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 2:29 AM

A sad day for music.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:18 AM

The kind of festival that you wont want to miss. Aside from lots of things to find out there, the excitement and the party are also hard to resist.

Posted by Steven C Wyer | June 13, 2014 4:38 AM

you could have saved a lot of words by just posting "nothing interesting"

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 5:13 AM

SHELLSHAG

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 8:14 AM

5:13: LOL, how true.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 10:59 AM

"...just how lame the indie scene has become."

What's incorrect is the implication here that the indie scene was at one point not lame.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 12:04 PM

Also tonight - Belle Mare + Weyes Blood (and others) at Spike Hill. Northside badge (or a mere 7 bucks) gets you in.

Posted by The Croms | June 13, 2014 12:26 PM

1204 80s/90s there were lots of cool indie bands. not no more.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 1:48 PM

Albert Hammond Jr, aka MUSICAL GENIUS of The Strokes

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 8:01 PM

indie music haters - why are you reading this website?

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 8:14 PM

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