Entries tagged with: Northside Festival
Eagulls @ BVCMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
With their ripper of a debut out now, Eagulls will be spending a lot of time touring this year. The band will fly into Austin next week for SXSW where they'll play upwards of 10 shows, so if you're heading that way too you have a bunch of chances to see them. Then the band will be back in late spring for a proper North American tour which kicks off in NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 13. Near the end of the tour, the band will return to NYC for the Northside Festival, opening for Titus Andronicus at Warsaw on June 12. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are on AmEx presale now with the regular on-sale starting Friday (3/7) at noon. Tickets for the Northside show go on sale Thursday (3/6) at noon, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
Eagulls finished their last NYC run with a late-night show at Baby's All Right in January that was pure booze-fueled mayhem (though more on the part of the audience than then band). All of their SXSW shows and tour dates are listed, along with the new video for "Possessed," below...
Omar Souleyman at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, who recently put out a Four Tet-produced album and whose live shows are always a party, will return to North America this June to play Bonnaroo, NXNE, and Brooklyn's just-announced Northside Festival. His Northside show happens on June 13 at Glasslands. Tickets for that show are on sale now, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.
All Omar Souleyman dates are listed, with a video, below...
Titus Andronicus at Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by David Andrako)
The 2014 Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15, and the initial lineup was just announced. It includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, a co-bill with Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, Beach Fossils, Omar Souleyman, Dan Croll, Mas Ysa, Luke Temple, Craft Spells, Juan Wauters, Big Ups, Low Fat Getting High, Vulture Shit and more. As usual, there will be two big free shows in McCarren Park on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Lineups for those shows, other specifics on the Northside schedule, and many more artists TBA. Badges are on sale now.
The film portion runs from June 16-19 and more details on that are here.
Full initial music lineup below...
Courtney Barnett in Chicago in February (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Australia's wordy psychedelic folk rocker Courtney Barnett just brought her tour to NYC for two sold-out shows, and with plans to return to the Northeast for Toronto's NXNE and Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, she'll squeeze in two more NYC shows this June. Now playing increasingly larger venues, Courtney will hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14 (part of the Northside Festival, which Sharon Van Etten is also confirmed for) and Bowery Ballroom on June 17. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with a AmEx presales starting Wednesday (3/5) at noon.
Courtney's 2012 double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, officially gets an American release on April 15 via Mom + Pop. Stream it in full, along with the list of dates, below...
photos by Lukas Hodge
Merchandise / Destruction Unit @ 285 Kent, 6/15/2013
The dream pop band with the punk rook roots, Merchandise, brought their North American tour with Milk Music and Destruction Unit to 285 Kent on a very busy Saturday night (6/15), as part of Northside Festival. The sold-out show was one of two gigs for first band of the night, Destruction Unit, who by all accounts came out looking more like a headliner than a band warming up for the "real attraction." (Destruction Unit played higher on the bill one night later at Shea Stadium) Pictures from 285 Kent are below.
The jaunt included recent stops to Chaos in Tejas and NXNE, and two of the three bands recently released videos during their tour (Merchandise for "Totale Night" and Destruction Unit for "Sonic Pearl").
More pics from Saturday night are below...
Phosphorescent at McCarren Park - 6/15/13 (via doNYC)
Matthew Houck's indie folk collective Phosphorescent have been touring behind their excellent new album Muchacho, and just played a free show in Matthew's current hometown of Brooklyn. The show was the first of two free Northside shows in McCarren Park and also included The Walkmen, Friend Roulette, and Abadabad. Did you go to that show? If so, how was it?
Phosphorescent's tour includes another NYC-area date happening at Montauk's Surf Lodge on June 30, as part of that venue's free Summer Concert Series, and now Pitchfork points out that they've just expanded that tour to include many more dates. A couple of the dates are supporting Robert Plant (who used to be in some band called Led Zeppelin), including his previously discussed Celebrate Brooklyn! show on July 27 at Prospect Park. Tickets for that show are still available.
The day after that show (7/28), Phosphorescent also play Camden, NJ's XPoNential Music Festival, which runs that whole weekend (July 26-28) in Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center. Other artists playing include Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Dr. John, Lord Huron, and more. Tickets for that festival are available.
Updated dates are listed, along with a stream of Muchacho's standout single, "Song for Zula," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at Big Snow - 6/15/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
After catching Chance the Rapper at Europa on Saturday (6/15), I finished my day 3 of Northside Festival at Big Snow for the Exploding In Sound showcase. The place had already hit capacity by around 9 PM (not an everyday feat for Big Snow), and every band I saw was pretty great. The similarly styled stop-start post-hardcore of Grass Is Green and Two Inch Astronaut (who were playing much of the material from their new album, Bad Brother, out this week) was totally on point. Not only do both bands have the chops for their sometimes-technical sounds, but they've got a ton of power on stage too.
One of the main attractions of the night was Speedy Ortiz, whose debut album, Major Arcana comes out on July 9 via their new label home, Carpark Records. Speedy's a great band recorded, but they bring even more rage live. Singer Sadie Dupuis screams more, their guitars ring with layers of distortion, and guitarist Matt Robidoux ended up crowd surfing at least once. They have a great time on stage too. Performance stuff aside, one of the most memorable moments of the show was the drummer singing "Started From the Bottom" and then dedicating their next song to Yeezus.
And though Speedy was the fastest-rising band on that bill, there was tons of love for headliners Pile. The whole crowd became a push pit, with crowdsurfers knocking into Big Snow's light fixture, and anyone looking to "watch" the band standing on top of whatever amp or couch they could find lining the venue. The band sounded great too, straddling the line between indie rock melodies and punk intensity. Their 2012 album, Dripping is a good (and underrated) one, and a recommended listen if you haven't checked it out.
Unfortunately, I missed the earlier bands at Big Snow on Saturday. If you were there, how were they? You can catch Speedy Ortiz in NYC again when they play their record release show at Death by Audio on July 5 with a great bill of Roomrunner and California X. Updated Speedy dates are listed, along with streams of their recent singles, below...
photo by Caroline Harrison)
Torche @ 285 Kent, 6/14/2013
285 Kent has seen it's share of wildness over the years, but Friday night during Northside Festival was a different animal. Floridian bubblegum-sludge favorites Torche headlined the space along with KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma, one of only a handful of metal shows to grace the space (Pitchfork's Show No Mercy was another). More photos and video from the show are up at InvisibleOranges.
The show was one of two Inter Arma shows in Brooklyn, with the band also hitting Union Pool the next day as part of an Invisible Oranges event for Summer Thunder where they were joined by Anicon and Pyrrhon.
by Andrew Sacher
Destruction Unit @ Shea Stadium - 6//16/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
I wrapped up my weekend/music portion of the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium last night (6/16) for the Impose/My Social List show which featured a killer lineup all around. The show kicked off with a set from Western Mass noise rockers Psychic Blood. The crowd was still pretty small during their opening set, and they seemed like they'd be a lot more fun to see in a more crowded room, but still powered through a set of sludge, guitar noise, and a nice little Who/Nirvana-style freakout at the end, knocking over their drum kit and mic stands.
They were followed by Brooklyn post-hardcore four piece Big Ups, who really started getting the show going pretty wild. These guys play locally a lot, but I'd somehow never managed to catch them until last night and man did they win me over. They not only sound but look totally '90s on stage (that singer's half-bleached hair!), and they do the whole post-hardcore thing from that era really well, sounding like some lost Dischord/SST band. The singer is smart aleck-y, angry, and in-your-face while spending more of his time in the crowd than on stage, and the band rock too. They'll switch from real dissonant riffage to classic hardcore whiplash, and find time for the somber moments too. They mentioned on stage that a full length is coming. Be on the lookout for that.
Then came psych punks Destruction Unit, whose tour with Merchandise and Milk Music had hit 285 Kent a night earlier (6/15), to up the volume in the room by about 80%. I first caught the triple-guitar noisemakers on a bridge at SXSW and they were the kind of band that blew you away even if you weren't too familiar with their songs. Last night was no different. Being that they were on a real stage (and not insanely overcrowded with an audience coming from all angles), it started off a bit less manic, but the freakouts soon came. The singer was falling over his stage monitor a few songs in as the other two guitarists were zoned out and wailing away, and the bassist and drummer just kept a tight, menacing groove throughout the entire thing. They really pile on walls of guitars, and they've got a Sonic Youth-y way of all being individually interesting but mainly contributing to the greater good of the whole noise. These guys have a new record, Deep Trip, due out on August 20 via Sacred Bones (following a new single on Suicide Squeeze) and that can't come soon enough.
Finally, the show concluded with a set from Vancouver noise punks Nu Sensae, who may not have had the volume of the band prior, but they were easily the most consistently fast band on the bill. Drummer Daniel Pitout seriously pounds away at that kit as guitarist Brody McKnight and bassist/vocalist Andrea Lukic come together to create a blend of melody and noisy dissonance (in a very Sonic Youth way) as Andrea switches between piercing screams and a psychedelic, hushed moan. They came to NYC for the show after playing NXNE in their home country, which you can check out pictures of.
Check out a few more instagrams from the show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Chance the Rapper @ Europa - 6/15/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Chance the Rapper is about to embark on a major tour supporting Mac Miller, but before that, he stopped in NYC for a headlining gig at Europa on Saturday (6/15) (part of the Northside Festival), his first ever in the city and first of two in under a week. The place was sold out and filled with people who knew every word. They were probably gonna go nuts no matter what Chance did, but he put on a show deserving of all the love. It's pretty clear from his Acid Rap mixtape and interviews that he's a little quirky, and that came off live too. He'd rap with the mic on the stand or do these sort of weirdly robotic dance moves, but he also knew how to go all out party-rap, jumping around on stage and getting the crowd waving their arms and shouting along.
He played mainly stuff off Acid Rap, and more than a few of those tracks are bangers live. Cuts like "Juice," "Smoke Again," and "Favorite Song" really lit the place up and hardly needed Chance on the mic with how loud everyone was singing along. He had a few surprises in there too, like when his DJ randomly dropped "Harlem Shake." It wasn't the longest set, and when it ended, it seemed pretty clear that the crowd was wishing he wouldn't stop.
Chance's next NYC show is at SOB's on Thursday (6/20), which is also sold out, and then his tour with Mac Miller (and The Internet and Vince Staples) brings him back to the NYC-area in July for shows at Hammerstein (7/11) and the Stone Pony Summer Stage (7/14) (tickets). From the looks of his Europa show, it won't be too long before Chance is headlining venues that size himself.
Check out some videos from the Europa show below...
by Andrew Sacher
Kylesa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/14/13
After spending most of my Friday night (6/14) of the Northside Festival at the Invisible Oranges showcase (pictures on the way), I headed over to Music Hall of Williamsburg, which was hosting a pretty like-minded bill, to catch headliners Kylesa. Kylesa's current tour is surrounding the recent release of their psychedelic new album, Ultraviolet, but they've actually only been playing a few cuts off of that, instead choosing to split their set pretty evenly between material from their last five albums. The album that got the most representation was 2009's breakout album, Static Tensions, and they dug even further back to tracks like "Where The Horizon Unfolds" and "Bottom Line" too.
With Kylesa's ever-changing sound, their fanbase is becoming pretty split. Those who prefer the older material were probably happy to see how generous Kylesa were with providing it, but everything that characterizes them as a band today was present at the show too. Phillip Cope is now equipped with a more massive electronic rig than usual, allowing him to throw the band's increasingly drone-y atmospheres into their sludgefest, and their light show is more similar to Tame Impala's than it is to most other metal bands. And with Laura Pleasants singing more than ever before on the new album, she fronted the band at the show as much as Phillip did. Needless to tell anyone who's seen them before, but if you haven't, they totally rip on stage. Not a boring moment the entire show.
Check out some videos and the full setlist from the show below...
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Inter Arma @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Northside Festival
As you probably know from reading this site, Northside Festival is underway in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. If you have a badge, you can use it to get in to any official Northside showcase but admission is based on capacity. If it's a show you really want to go to, make sure to get there early, especially at smaller venues. Set times for most shows are available on Northside's Sched.org site. All Northside showcases listed below are indicated as such in the event title.
The Walkmen, Phosphorescent & More @ McCarren Park (Northside)
Hamilton Leithauser will again bulge his neck veins while screaming for The Walkmen today, bringing his band's dark and jangle pop to McCarrren Park along with Phosphorescent, Friend Roulette, Abadabad. If you didn't get free tickets, you can always just hang in the park and listen. Banana Republic outfits are optional.
Calexico, Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho, Akoko Nante Ensemble @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
Calexico, who also played NXNE and Bonaroo this week, round out a busy week by headlining Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park tonight. Supporting them will be Peruvian singer-songwriter Susana Baca, Mexican folk band Radio Jarocho and African vocal/percussion group Akoko Nante Ensemble. A very diverse, FREE Celebrate Brooklyn! show with talent from three different continents.
Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro @ Central Park
You can head to Central Park Summerstage
during the day for some FREE music from baroque pop legends The Zombies and two more contemporary (but still great) artists Django Django (who just played Bonnaroo) and the Nancy&Lee stylings of Adam Green & Binki Shapiro. UPDATE: Show is now evening, starting at 6 PM. Still free.
Caged Animals, Coastgaard, The Denzels, Juniper Rising @ Dr. Martens Stage (Northside)
You know how The L Magazine does that "8 Bands You Need to Hear Right Now" issue? Four of those bands are playing an afternoon show on an outdoor stage set up at N3 and Bedford. 2 PM - 6 PM and it's FREE.
Nothing's Too Good for the Common People: A Paul Kelly Retrospective @ Cantor Film Center
Chickfactor 21 comes to a close with this free, all-afternoon screening of filmmaker Paul Kelly's work, including the NYC premieres of Lawrence of Belgravia (about the eccentric Felt/Demin frontman) and Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story, plus his collaborations with Saint Etienne, Finnestiere, What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? and This Is Tomorrow, the latter two of which are also making their NYC premeires. FREE and visit Chickfactor for the details and the poster is below.
Merchandise, Milk Music, Destruction Unit @ 285 Kent (Northside)
Merchandise's croon-y dream pop headlines a sold-out 285 Kent tonight along with Dino-Jr uber fans Milk Music, but another major attraction to the bill is Southwestern psych-punk favorites Destruction Unit. If you can make it to 285, do NOT miss them.
Black Flag @ Warsaw (Northside)
No matter which side of the fence you are on regarding the Black Flag reunion, one thing is for sure, the band's appearance last night and tonight is nothing short of a major event. Catch them at the Warsaw again tonight with Good For You and Cinema Cinema.
Yellow Ostrich, Braids, Widowspeak @ Cameo (Northside)
This is an all around solid bill, but we're most excited for Braids, who are doing a pretty good job reinventing themselves this year with their new style that we'll hear more of soon on Flourish // Perish, which is being released by Arbutus (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, Doldrums). If you're going to that show, be sure to catch their set.
Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile & more @ Big Snow (Northside)
If you're into DIY and '90s-inspired indie rock, the Exploding In Sound showcase at Big Snow is pretty much the place to be tonight. All of the bands are playing are great, but perhaps the most exciting band on the bill is Speedy Oritz, who just released a great single from their much-anticipated debut album, Major Arcana (due out 7/9 via Carpark). This Northside show is technically "unofficial" but your badge will save you two bucks at the door.
Chance the Rapper @ Europa (Northside)
Another hot Northside show this weekend is Chance the Rapper, whose career is seriously elevating due to the success of his Acid Rap mixtape. He plays a sold-out show at Europa tonight, so if you don't have tickets and are using a badge, get there early. He's got another (also sold out) NYC show at SOB's next week.
Intronaut, Mouth of the Architect, Sannhet & more @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
Intronaut's tech-y take on Mastodon-ian sludge isn't for everyone, and if it isn't then the post-metal gods in Mouth of the Architect or the post-everything Brooklyn favorites Sannhet just might be. Scale the Summit's instrumentalists are also on board.
Subhumans @ Bowery Ballroom
UK anarchopunk greats Subhumans are back in the US again (yay), and have roped in support from World/Inferno Friendship Society and Blanks 77 for a show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Oof. So many great choices!
Summer Thunder w/ Inter Arma, Anicon, Pyrrhon
Inter Arma played last night's Invisible Oranges showcase with Torche at 285 Kent, and now the band headlines a FREE show at Union Pool during the day (doors at 2!) with Anicon and Pyrrhon. Drink specials, good riffs and great tacos. Win/win/win. Stick around for....
Limp Wrist @ Union Pool (Northside)
OMG. Limp Wrist is playing. The legendary Queercore punk gods will undoubtedly tear Union Pool apart and I cannot wait. Look for support from Princess Tiny and the Meats and In School. Unmissable.
Weekend, Yvette, Cities Aviv @ Knitting Factory (Northside)
Weekend's terrific, gothy new album, Jinx, is still a month away but you can get a taster tonight on this diverse bill that also features brainy Memphis rapper Cities Aviv and noisy Brooklynites Yvette. Tickets are still available for this early show. Weekend recently played two new tracks live on Newtown Radio and you can watch video of that below.
Kingdom, Dan Bodan @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
Stick around the Knit for the late show with Brooklyn producer Kingdom, who just released his new EP in late May. Support will come from Dan Bodan,who played his first live U.S. show back in late May, as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary Party.
Postal Service and Ra Ra Riot @ Barclays Center
After reissuing their sole album and playing Coachella loads of other places, The Postal Service are finally in NYC to play two shows at Barclays Center with openers Ra Ra Riot. Tickets are still available.
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
While it was sad that The Pastels had visa issues and couldn't make it to NYC, it has made it possible for somewhat secret openers Yo La Tengo (under their oft-used Condo Fucks pseudonym) to headline Maxwell's at least one last time. There are "special guests" now too. Sold out, of course.
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Maxwell's
We Were Promised Jetpacks are back in New Jersey today for the second time this week. The band opened for Ra Ra Riot at The Stone Pony on Thursday, and after a brief stop in Virginia, they will be headlining Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight. (Late show, after YLT.) No NYC dates announced for the Scottish indie rockers, so this is your best chance to see them in the area.
The Jazz Butcher circa mid-'80s
The Jazz Butcher, Gold Bears & more @ Spike Hill (Northside)
NYC Popfest was only a couple weekends ago, but the organizers are back with their own Northside showcase, and have pulled a coup, getting eccentric cult indie artist The Jazz Butcher for his first NYC show in over 10 years. He's brought crucial sideman Max Eider with him and let's hope he gets to sing some of his songs too. Also playing: Television Personalities' satellite members Texas Bob Juarez & Mike Stone, plus Georgia bands Gold-Bears and Small Reactions. Tickets are still available.
Christopher Owens @ The Slipper Room
The onetime Girls frontman recently released an acoustic version of his solo album, Lysandre, and has been playing similarly unplugged shows, like this -- the first of two nights at this tiny LES club.
Classixx, Fred Falke, Headband & Hooligan @ Le Poisson Rouge
After doing killer remixes for the likes of Phoenix, Ladyhawke, The Gossip and even Madonna, LA production duo Classixx put out their own very enjoyable album this year. It's a DJ set,though maybe Nancy Whang will make a guest appearance to provide vocals on their single "All You're Waiting For." Fred Falke and Headband & Hooligan make this a very danceable night out.
Quilt, Twin Peaks, Outside World, Turnip King, The Teen Age @ Public Assembly
A pretty killer indie rock line-up tonight, featuring two very good Chicago bands (Twin Peaks, Outside World), two good local bands (Turnip King, The Teen Age) and Boston psych folkies Quilt. $10 at the door.
Pharmakon, Lust for Youth & more @ Public Assembly (Northside)
Noise favorite Pharmakon leads an impressive late-night lineup alongside Sweden's Lust for Youth, Marshstepper, Body Of Light and Foreplay at Public Assembly. Its a great late night alternative of good bands, instead of drinking the night away. You can, of course, do both here.
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, La Big Vic, Lux Perpetua, Weyes Blood, Invisible Hand @ Shea Stadium (Northside)
Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks is back in town today for the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium. The guys recently released their latest album and had their release show at the Knitting Factory at the end of May. La Big Vic, who recently played the New Museum's "Music in the Park" series, will join them on the bill, as well as drone folk group Weyes Blood, who also opened for Bleeker back in February, indie pop Virginians Invisible Hand and Philly group Lux Perpetua.
Midnight Magic, Tippy Toes @ Trophy Bar (Northside)
Featuring a crack band of disco-adept musicians (many of whom have played on DFA Records records), Midnight Magic are a boogie wonderland come to life. Many of their members also play in Tippy Toes, a group that has been known -- on occasion -- to be fronted by Reggie Watts. You can stream Tippy Toes' new EP below. Live music from 7 PM to 10 PM during which it's $10 admission, free for the DJ party afterwards..
Sonny Smith, Little Wings @ Cake Shop
Sonny & the Sunsets played Northside last night and tonight Sonny does a spoken word piece, "Sees All Knows All" at Cake Shop. He's worth seeing in any permutation.
Son Volt, Colonel Ford @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
Alt-country vet Jay Farrar is mainly known for sad songs, but he kicks up some dust onSun Volt's latest, Honky Tonk. Some of Son Volt are also in Colonel Ford who open the show. Tickets are still available.
The Zambonis, The Sports, Stephen Clair @ The Rock Shop
22 years on and off the ice, The Zambonis are still the finest hockey-themed indie rock band in the world. No joke.
Baths @ Webster Hall
On his new album, Obsidian, Baths went from electronic musician to emotionally powerful songwriter, and it should be interesting to see how that goes over live at Webster Hall tonight. Support comes from his tourmates Houses and D33J.
Wires Under Tension @ Open Road Rooftop
Tonight the Rooftop Films Summer Series, which combines film and music, will return to the Lower East Side, as Wires Under Tension perform and "Outlandish animated creatures in outrageous situations" grace the silver screen.
The Gories, Daddy Long Legs, Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train will be hosting two Northside showcases at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. The first features The Gories, who have been remarkably quiet in 2013, and local blues trio Daddy Long Legs. The second is a speical addition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off, which has been on tour around the U.S. since SXSW.
Grupo Fantasma @ The Bell House
Legendary Latin psychedlic funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma will be at the Bell House tonight for what will surely be a trippy, groovy evening.
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Inter Arma at IO-SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Limp Wrist. Torche. Kylesa. Contrast Attitude. Subhumans. Inter Arma. Mouth of the Architect. Does anything else need to be said about this weekend's massive lineup, Northside or otherwise?
We know my feelings on tonight's IO-presented Torche show (in a punk space!) and tomorrow's IO-presented FREE day show at Union Pool with Inter Arma, but tomorrow's Limp Wrist show with associated gay dance party afterword sounds absolutely unmissable, as does Sunday's more-punk-oriented Limp Wrist show at LPR.
For more suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Calendar. It rules.
The Postal Service @ Fox Theater, Pomona, CA 4/15/2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Torche at Saint Vitus in March (more by Harriet Roberts)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Northside Festival
As you probably know from reading this site, Northside Festival is underway in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. If you have a badge, you can use it to get in to any official Northside showcase but admission is based on capacity. If it's a show you really want to go to, make sure to get there early, especially at smaller venues. All Northside showcases listed below are indicated as such in the event title.
Postal Service and Mates of State @ Barclays Center
After reissuing their sole album and playing Coachella loads of other places, The Postal Service are finally in NYC to play two shows at Barclays Center. The first of those is tonight with Mates of State. That one's sold out but tickets to Saturday's show with Ra Ra Riot are still available.
Black Flag, The Men & more @ Warsaw @ Northside
Its the moment that every punk in New York City has waited for, the return of Black Flag. And despite everyone's differing opinion (like Mike Hill of Tombs's), it is still a major event. Also, a little band called The Men open the show. NBD. Black Flag play again on Saturday (6/15) at Warsaw too.
Torche, Ken Mode, Lo-Pan, Inter Arma @ 285 Kent (Northside)
There is no band that can seemlessly blend doom thunder and bubblegum pop in wuite the same way that Floridians Torche can. InvisibleOranges is proud to send Torche back to their punk roots, putting the band in the notoriously DIY space 285 Kent, where they'll team with metallic noisecore greats KEN Mode, blues-y Ohio doom favorites Lo-Pan, and the ever-incendiary Inter Arma. Let's get ignorant.
Kylesa, Blood Ceremony, White Hills, Lazer/Wulf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
We hope you make it to our Invisible Oranges Northside showcase, but if that sort of crossover metal is your thing, you'd probably also like to check out Music Hall of Williamsburg, where Osiris is putting on a Northside show with shapeshifting sludge rockers Kylesa doom traditionlists Blood Ceremony fuzz/psych rockers White Hills, and Lazer/Wulf.
Iceage, Lust for Youth, Puce Mary, Age Coin, Lower @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
Surprise! Fresh off of last night's performance at MHoW, Iceage and Lower have been added to Saint Vitus tonight, joining Lust for Youth, Puce Mary and Loke Rahbek (of LfY/Var, who played solo at Nothing Changes) for the second of two Pitchfork showcases at the venue.
Son Volt @ Bowery Ballroom (Northside)
Alt-country vet Jay Farrar is mainly known for sad songs, but he kicks up some dust on Sun Volt's latest, Honky Tonk. Tickets are still available, and they'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (6/15) as part of Northside.
Chrome Canyon, Computer Magic,Chateau Marmont @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
It's a fun synth-heavy bill tonight with the over-the-top spacerock of Chrome Canyon, winsome Brooklynite Computer Magic and the entertaining fromage of Parisians Chateau Marmont. Avan Lava will keep the party going between sets as DJs. Late show (doors 11:30 PM) and tickets are available.
The Hairs, Small Reactions, Gold Bears, Literature @ Cake Shop
Well here's a super solid bill featuring two of the more entertaining, energetic bands in indiepop: Georgia's Gold Bears and Philadelphia's Literature. Small Reactions (also from Georgia) and locals The Hairs are fun too.
Suuns, Amen Dunes, Tempers @ Glasslands (Northside)
A sinister night is in store with a bill like this, headlined by Montreal's sinuous Suuns and featuring dirgy Amen Dunes and sultry post-punk duo Tempers. Tickets are still available.
White Fence, PAWS @ Seaport Music Festival
White Fence, Las Rosas, Honey @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Northside)
White Fence, who played last night at Brooklyn Bowl, play two shows today. First they headline the free Seaport Music Fest with '90s-loving openers PAWS; then they'll play a late-night (doors 11 PM) Northside show at Knitting Factory with La Rosas and Honey (tickets).
Sonny & the Sunsets
Sonny and the Sunsets @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Northside)
If you were going to White Fence at Knitting Factory you might want to consider just spending the whole evening at the venue as the early show is good too. A vagabond charmer, Sonny Smith writes songs from the heart with just a smidge of self-depricating wit. He's a great storyteller too, one of the best between-song banterers around. Tickets are still available.
Sinkane @ Brooklyn Bowl
Onetime Yeasayer member Ahmed Gallab -- who has been all over New York City in 2013 -- plays tunder his alter-ego Sinkane with an opening set from the talented, eclectic Xenia Rubinoos.
Vulture Shit & more @ Ran Tea House
Brooklyn guitar-less punks Vulture Shit are playing a hometown show tonight at Ran Tea House (269 Kent Ave) with The End Men, Stolen Girls, The Mad Doctors, and 45 Adapters.
Mavis Staples, Cody ChesnuTT @ Prospect Park
The free Celebrate! Brooklyn series at Prospect Park continues tonight with sets from Mavis Staples (who also plays Clearwater tomorrow) and Cody ChesnuTT (who played SOB's last night).
The So So Glos, Shapes and Le Rug @ Public Assembly (Nothside)
Brooklyn natives, The So So Glos, who this year have a had a ton of great exposure with the release of their new LP, including a set set on Letterman, are heading back to their neighborhood to play a solid show with Shapes and amazing indie band, Le Rug (members of Butter The Children). The show is considered apart of a showcase for Brooklyn-based zine, 1.21 Gigawatts, and tickets are still available.
Har Mar Superstar, Supercute! & more @ The Grand Victory (Northside).
Entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar will likely turn tiny Grand Victory into a sweaty party, given his ability to mimic '80s R&B and funk... he can breakdance too. Also on the bill: Boxing Lesson, Purple, Spires, Supercute!, and The Young Things. Tickets to that show are still available.
Ian Isiah, Aquarian, Kuhrye-oo @ 285 Kent Avenue
Ian Isiah is bursting onto NYC's urban/electronic scene with full force. The "Mindfuck" singer already has collabs with artists like Brenmar, Mykki Blanco and Le1f lined up and tonight he will be at 285 Kent for Northside Festival with the mysterious Aquarian and Grimes protege Kuhrye-oo.
Field Mouse, Phone Tag, Tropic of Pisces, Candide, Home Alone @ Muchmore's (Northside)
Here's a solid bill of local bands, headlined by terrific dream pop band Field Mouse. Have you seen their BV Sessions video?
The Beets, pow wow! & more @ Matchless (Northside)
Pow wow!'s self-titled debut came out earlier this year and is one of 2013's more unsung records, loaded with indie pop gems. They play with scrappy protopunks The Beets who don't gig as much as they used to.
Rhys Chatham, Oneida @ Europa
Rhys Chatham is teaming up with his long time collaborators, Brooklyn based Oneida, tonight at Europa. Their last major appearance together in New York was back at 2012's Ecstatic Music Festival, and their collaborations are always intense.
Peanut Butter Wolf, Cale Parks (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
What is a weekend-long music festival without the parties? If you've already been thrown out of both the Jameson and Heineken lounges by 11:30 PM tonight, maybe drink a few cups of coffee and head over to Popgun's Northside Party at Glasslands. The night's entertainment will come from a pair of veteran DJs, Peanut Butter Wolf and Cale Parks (who is [was?] also the singer of Ohio indie rock band Aloha).
White Mandingos @ New Museum
Alternative west coast rapper Murs has teamed up with Darryl Jennifer, bass player of hardcore legends Bad Brains, and Sacha Jenkins, formerly the music editor of VIBE. They call themselves The White Mandingos and they will be fusing their diverse skill sets at the New Museum tonight. This could be a crazy one.
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Torche at Saint Vitus, March 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Torche are here, bringing their woofer-shaking doom-pop along with metallic noise-killers KEN Mode and stoner-y groove merchants Lo-Pan as part of a string of dates together. Inter Arma opens the show tonight at 285 Kent (6/14, tickets or Northside badge gets you in) and will play a second show tomorrow at Union Pool (6/15) as part of the FREE Summer Thunder series with Anicon and Pyrrhon.
Both shows are brought to you by InvisibleOranges, and you can win one of five pairs of tickets to 285 Kent. Details on how to win and related video are below
by Fred Pessaro
The Julie Ruin, Body/Head @ Saint Vitus, 6/13/2013
Pitchfork's first of two Northside showcases happened last night (6/13) and became perhaps the hottest Northside ticket of the week with the late addition of The Julie Ruin (featuring Kathleen Hanna as well as Bikini Kill bassist Kathi Wilcox), to the already hefty headliner of Kim Gordon's Body/Head. The Julie Ruin, who've existed since 2010, just announced their debut album and this was only their second show ever. Also on the bill: a crooning set from Majical Cloudz and industrial noise from Foreplay (mem Warthog, ex-The Men). Pictures from the show are in this post.
More pictures from Saint Vitus, including The Julie Ruin's setlist, are below
by Andrew Sacher
Psychic Blood at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Exploding In Sound Records and Gimme Tinnitus are teaming up for an unofficial Northside showcase on Saturday (6/15) at Big Snow (89 Varet St) which features sets from a ton of great bands Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Hive Bent, Fat History Month, and Porches. Doors are at 5 PM, admission is $7 or $5 with a Northside badge, and there will be free pizza while supplies last. If you like your indie rock like it was in the days of Dinosaur Jr, Archers of Loaf, Pavement, etc, you'll probably dig most of this showcase.
EIS and GT are also doing another showcase today (6/14) at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). This one's also got a ton of great music (and free pizza), including two of Brooklyn's best upcoming punk bands, Sleepies and Low Fat Getting High, noise rockers Eula, Western Mass psych rockers Psychic Blood (who also play the ridiculously good show at Shea on Sunday with Nu Sensae, Destruction Unit, and Big Ups), other local live staples like Yvette, Miniboone, Shark?, Krill, Life Size Maps, and still more. Doors for today's show open at 3 PM.
More info on both shows at the Facebook event. Flyers for both shows and song streams from some of the bands playing below...
Iceage at MHOW - 6/13/13 (via @darrenthewalrus)
Danish punk bands Iceage and Lower came to NYC for this year's Northside Festival, during which they played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (6/13) with local shoegaze mainstays A Place to Bury Strangers and newer (but still noisy) locals Bennio Qwerty and Bambara.
It's since been announced that Iceage and Lower will stick around for the Pitchfork Showcase which happens at Saint Vitus on Friday (6/14). Also on the bill is Loke Rahbek of Iceage side project Var, another Danish musician Puce Mary (aka Frederikke Hoffmeier), Age Coin (members of Lower and Var), and as discussed, Lust for Youth. Tickets for that showcase are still available, and you can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.
Show flyer and some song streams below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Brooklyn synthpop act Selebrities have a new album, Lovely Things, out June 25 on the Cascine label. You may have already heard first single "Temporary Touch" and we've got the premiere of a remix of that track by their labelmates Rush Midnight (aka former Twin Shadow bassist Russ Manning). As you might expect from a bassist, Russ replaces the more driving line of the original with a fatter, funkier one, emphasizing groove over atmosphere. You can stream it below.
Both Selebrities and Rush Midnight will play tonight (6/13) at Cameo in NYC as part of the Cascine / Newtown Radio Northside Festival showcase. It's one of the more sonically cohesive nights of the fest, with every band mining some facet of early '80s electropop, including the romo-leaning Ice Choir, and the UK's Chad Valley. Tickets are still available or you can try to get in with your Northside Badge. Flyer for the show is below.
Also playing are Los Angeles duo Kisses, whose new album, Kids in L.A., was apparently based on Bret Easton Ellis' Regan-era classic, Less Than Zero, and is quite good. Carrying on with that vibe -- and pretty much nailing it -- is the video for their song "Huddle" that is only missing an Andrew McCarthy cameo. You can watch it below too.
If you can't make it tonight, Kisses will be back next month at Mercury Lounge. Stream, video and Northside showcase flyer below...
Swans at MHOW in February (more by Fred Pessaro)
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The Northside Festival
If you read BV regularly, you probably know the Northside Festival kicks off today in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. If you have a badge, you can use it to get in to any official Northside showcase but admission is based on capacity. If it's a show you really want to go to, make sure to get there early, especially at smaller venues. All Northside showcases listed below are indicated as such in the event title.
Swans, Chelsea Wolfe @ Warsaw (Northside)
If you're looking for the darkest, most terrifying thing at this year's Northside Festival, head to Warsaw for the great double billing of Swans (who are apparently working on a new album) and Chelsea Wolfe (who is definitely releasing a new album). And bring earplugs.
Iceage, A Place to Bury Strangers, Lower & more @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
Another dark (literally, Iceage usually plays with the lights off) is the Iceage show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with fellow Danish punks Lower and Brooklyn shoegazers A Place to Bury Strangers. There's also some pretty solid (and also loud) local support that's been added to open the night, Bennio Qwerty and Bambara.
The Julie Ruin, Body/Head, Majical Cloudz, Foreplay @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
And if you're into all of the above dark, noisy options, Pitchfork's Northside showcase at Saint Vitus provides that as well with Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin and Kim Gordon's noise guitar duo with Bill Nace, Body/Head. That bill also includes upcoming Canadian pop duo Majical Cloudz and Foreplay.
Soko @ McKittrick Hotel
French singer Soko is in NYC to celebrate the US release of her debut album, I Thought I Was An Alien, at two sorta upscale release shows at McKittrick Hotel (6 PM and 8:30).
Julian Lynch & The Luyas @ 285 Kent (Northside)
Who would you rather see live, Julian Lynch featuring The Luyas or The Luyas featuring Julian Lynch? Luckily, tonight you won't have to decide, as the two acts will be brining their collaborative tour to 285 Kent as part of Northside Festival. The bill's rounded out by local regulars Twin Sister and Ava Luna.
Junip, Quadron, Barbarossa @ Highline Ballroom
Swedish hushed folkmaster Jose Gonzalez is back in town with his band Junip and they will be headlining Highline Ballroom tonight. Playing with them will be Quadron, who have Robin Hannibal of Rhye as a member and collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, and Barbarossa, who also plays as a member of Junip.
Bleached @ Knitting Factory (Northside)
The California band were here not that long ago, but the warmer weather seems much more appropriate for their sunny melodies. Support comes from quality locals Butter the Children and Pop Zeus. Tickets are still available.
Chickfactor 21 w/ Dump, Jim Ruiz Set, Lois @ The Bell House
It was a major bummer when Scotland's The Pastels canceled their appearance at this, the third night of indiepop zine Chickfactor's 21's anniversary, but it's still a crazy-good line-up with a rare appearance by Minneapolis' great The Jim Ruiz Set, plus Lois, Dump (James of Yo La Tengo), and newly-added appearances by Richard Davies. and Joe Pernice. Maybe the latter will bring his New Mendicants partner (and Toronto neighbor) Norman Blake with him? Tickets are still available.
Mac Demarco @ Savannah Stopover 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Mac DeMarco, White Fence, Walter TV @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
We're still waiting for cut-up Mac Demarco to get his own TV show but in the meantime you can enjoy the wacky hi-jinx (and some pretty great songs too) at Brooklyn Bowl with fellow Vancouverites Walter TV and the ultra-prolific White Fence (who play twice tomorrow).
Radiation City, Everest Cale & more @ Paper Box
The second of two NYC dates for Portland's charming Radiation City whose new album, Animals in the Median, takes '60s sunshine pop drops a few Pacific Northwest clouds on it.
Grouplove, Alpine @ Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell
We're not so into the headliner, but it might be worth showing up early for the effervescent pop of Australia's Alpine.
Ra Ra Riot, We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Stone Pony
If you're not doing the whole Northside thing, and would rather head to Asbury Park, there's a solid bill of poppy indie from Ra Ra Riot and We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Stone Pony.
Joseph Arthur, Rene Lopez @ Bowery Ballroom
Now will his van safely back in his possession so he can can fully concentrate on his art, Joseph Arthur has a new album's worth of songs to play this evening.
Chad Valley, Kisses, Ice Choir, Selebrities, Rush Midnight & more @ Cameo Gallery (Northside)
A showcase for (mostly) bands on the Cascine label, few Northside shows have such a cohesive line-up. Do you like '80s sythpop with big melodies, an aloof air, occasionally enveloped in a gauzy haze? You'll like every band on this bill.
There's a bunch of other solid Northside shows too like:
* Yvette, Alan Watts, Courtship Ritual, The Flag, Breeding Program @ Muchmore'sCheck out our Northside guide for even more.
* Hector's Pets, Numerators, The Neighbors, Big Ups, Weird Womb @ Silent Barn
* Conveyor, Arms, The City and Horses, Miniboone, Chris Mills, Trummors @ Spike Hill
New Kids On The Block, 98°, Boyz II Men @ Izod Center
Relive your childhood with a trio of boy bands all way past grown up. Can they still hit the high notes? Can you?
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As mentioned, Montreal's Suuns are here this weekend, playing Glasslands on Friday (6/14) as part of the Northside Festival that kicks off today. It's Popgun's official showcase and Amen Dunes and Tempers were recently added to bill. Tickets are still available or you can use your Northside badge to get in (admission based on capacity).
If you can't make it on Friday, the band have announced fall tour dates that include one in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on September 4. That show (and others on the tour) is with opener Rose Windows, whose debut album comes out this month via Sub Pop. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14). All tour dates are listed below.
If you've never seen Suuns live before, you can check out a full set from their KEXP SXSW 2013 showcase below.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Julie Ruin - "Oh Come On" (MP3)
As mentioned, in December 2010 Kathleen Hanna debuted her new band, The Julie Ruin (named after Kathleen's 1997 solo album, Julie Ruin) at the Kathleen Hanna tribute that took place at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Then, in December 2012, The Julie Ruin revealed their first song, "Girls Like Us," and now they've finally announced that their debut album will come out this year. The album is called Run Fast and it's due out on September 3 via The Julie Ruin's own TJR Records (distributed by Dischord). In addition to Kathleen, the band's lineup includes her Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox, Kenny Mellman (of the duo Kiki and Herb with Justin Bond), Carmine Covelli, and Sara Landaeu (who teaches at NYC's Girls Rock Camp). The album artwork is below.
"Girls Like Us" will appear on the album, as will the new single, "Oh Come On." "Oh Come On" hearkens more back to Kathleen's Bikini Kill days than her time in the dance-punk group Le Tigre, which is very welcome considering the excitement behind the recent Bikini Kill reissue and just the general obsession with the '90s that's been going on (PS: you can stream most of Bikini Kill's discography at their bandcamp). Kathleen sounds hungry as ever on the track, screaming through a filter of distortion as her bandmates provide not-distorted girl-group-style backing vocals and a killer guitar riff running through the track. Download "Oh Come On" for free above or stream it below.
The Julie Ruin are set to play their second live show ever (following that Knitting Factory show in 2010) at the Pitchfork showcase at this year's Northside Festival which happens at Saint Vitus on Thursday (6/13). They'll join the previously discussed lineup of Majical Cloudz, Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace), and Foreplay. That show is sold out, but if you get there early, you can still try to get in with your Northside badge. Updated show flyer below.
by Bill Pearis
White Fence in Berlin last year (photo by Alexandre Kurek via)
With this weekend's weather forecast looking slightly more hopeful than last's, we should get our first proper Seaport Music Festival show at South Street Seaport's Pier 17 on Friday (6/14). We already knew PAWS were playing but they've just announced that White Fence will be headlining. PAWS are at 7 PM, White Fence play at 8 PM and, like all shows at Pier 17, it's free and open to the public.
As mentioned, White Fence are here for the Northside Festival, playing twice. First, the Panache Showcase on Thursday (6/13) at Brooklyn Bowl with Mac DeMarco and Walter TV. Advance tickets are sold out but there will be limited admission at the door, as well as admitting Northside badges. Then they play a late show Friday at Knitting Factory with Las Rosas and Honey. 11 PM doors for that show and advance tickets are on sale.
White Fence's latest album is Cyclops Reap which is out on Castle Face and can be streamed via Rdio or Spotify. If you've only ever heard White Fence via their (mostly) low-fi recordings, their live show is a different thing altogether. Band guru Tim Presley assembles a usually killer band for much more of a White Fence Rock Experience. Worth catching.
Updated White Fence tour dates are listed below.
The Walkmen @ T5, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The 2013 Northside Festival kicks off on Thursday (6/13) in Williamsburg with the music portion running through Sunday (6/16), and the film festival going from June 17 - 20. Music badges ($80) are still available.
BrooklynVegan has two events at Northside this year: the Invisible Oranges showcase at 285 Kent on Friday (6/14) with Torche, KEN mode, Lo-Pan, and Inter Arma (tickets); and the A Band Called Death free screening at Williamsburg Cinemas on June 20 (RSVP).
Despite Northside happening at the same time as NXNE in Toronto and Bonnaroo in Tennessee, there are a lot of good shows this week as part of the fest. Thursday (6/13) shows include: Swans and Chelsea Wolfe at Warsaw; Iceage, A Place To Bury Strangers and Lower at 285 Kent; Mac Demarco and more at Brooklyn Bowl; Bleached at Knitting Factory; and Chad Valley, Kisses and more at Cameo.
Saturday's showcases (6/15) include: the free show in McCarren Park with The Walkmen and Phosphorescent; Merchandise, Milk Music and more at 285 Kent; The Jazz Butcher and more at Spike Hill; and Chance the Rapper at Europa.
You can peruse Northside's full schedule for more. If you have a badge, just know it doesn't guarantee entry. Get there early for shows you wanna see, especially the hot ones.
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music - and band name - too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.A Band Called Death opens June 28 in limited release around the country, including NYC's Cinema Village (tickets) and then at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg and MIST Harlem Cinema starting July 5. Check out the full list of cities and theaters below.
You don't have to wait that long to see it, though. BrooklynVegan is excited to be presenting a screening which will happen at Williamsburg Cinemas on June 20 at 10 PM, part of the Northside Film Festival. Our screening has limited FREE tickets but do note that a ticket does not guarantee entry. First come, first served, so come early with your ticket to make sure you get in. Limited Northside badges will also be let in. Hope to see you there!
Back in March, A Band Called Death screened at SXSW where the band played two shows, one of which was one of our day parties. As mentioned, Death will play here in NYC on July 1 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets for that are still available.
A full list of current screening dates and a trailer for the film below...