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Zola Jesus @ Warsaw - 6/14/15
Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

After the Run the Jewels show at 50 Kent on Sunday, we headed to Warsaw to wrap up the 2015 Northside Festival with Zola Jesus. (Blanck Mass and Container played too, but we had missed them by then.) Pictures of her set continue below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Best Coast / Alvvays / Bully
Best Coast

Fresh off two NYC shows this past weekend and with a free 7 PM set at Rough Trade happening tonight (6/15), Bully have extended their tour through October.

The new dates include another NYC show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 28, the day after their set at Boston Calling. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/17) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Bully's debut album, Feels Like, comes out next week (6/23) via Columbia, and it's now streaming in full. It's a catchy record indebted to '90s radio rock, and you can listen via NPR below.

One of Bully's shows this past weekend was the big Northside Fest show at 50 Kent with Best Coast, Built to Spill and Alvvays. We already posted one set of pictures from that show, and we've got another set of Best Coast, Alvvays and Bully pics in this post. More Built to Spill pics are on the way soon, too.

Pictures continue, with the list of tour dates and album stream, below...

Continue reading "more 50 Kent pics: Best Coast, Alvvays & Bully (who are streaming their LP & announced a tour)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Holly Miranda @ Knitting Factory 6/13/2015
Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda celebrated the release of her self-titled second album on Saturday (6/13) at Knitting Factory, which was also part of Northside Festival. (You got a free download of the album if you bought a ticket.) Pictures from her performance are in this post. Given the occasion, the set leaned heavy on the new LP, and she only played a couple songs from The Magician's Private Library. If you haven't checked out the new album yet, you can stream it via Rdio and watch the video for "All I Want Is To Be Your Girl" below.

Holly's just announced a fall tour that includes two nights at NYC's Mercury Lounge on September 17 & 18. Tickets for those Mercury Lounge shows go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/17) at noon. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Holly Miranda celebrated new LP at Knitting Factory, announces tour (pics, dates, LP stream, video)"

photos by P Squared Photography, words by Bill Pearis & Jeremy Nifras

Neko Case / Rhye / Majical Cloudz @ 50 Kent
Neko Case
Majical Cloudz

The first of Northside's big concerts at 50 Kent, which were presented by Century 21, happened on Friday (6/12) with songwriter (and New Pornographer) Neko Case, R&B duo Rhye and Montreal's Majical Cloudz. Pictures from the night are in this post.

Majical Cloudz played a few new songs such as the heavily emotional "So Blue," as well as cuts off their debut album Impersonator. Frontman Devon Welsh, who has let his hair grow, admitted being in New York made him feel nervous: "It's not the people, it's just so big." LA's Rhye also brought a heavy emphasis on emotion and rhythm. Singer Milosh's seductive vocals seemed to have a trancelike affect on the audience who were clearly into it.

The audience was clearly into Neko Case as well, who had the audience in stitches with her banter, and rapt with her songs. "I take good care of my body...so why not give myself a yeast infection with these pants?" The stretchy pants in question were neon leopard print and she told the 50 Kent crowd she made them herself. Case and her band played a string of fan favorites such as "Deep Red Bells," and several tracks off her most recent album, 2013's The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You .

Pics from Saturday's Best Coast/Built to Spill/ Alvvays/Bully show at 50 Kent are HERE, and pics from Run the Jewels/Sleigh Bells/Vince Staples show are HERE. More pics from Neko, Rhye and Majical Cloudz, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield & PSquared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher

Run the Jewels & Nas / Sleigh Bells / Vince Staples
Run the Jewels Nas
Sleigh Bells
Vince Staples

The Northside festival shows at 50 Kent wrapped up yesterday (6/14) with Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, and Vince Staples. The crowd was still filling in when Vince took the stage for his opening set, and it seemed like he had no trouble winning over almost everyone who was there. He advertised his upcoming debut album several times from the stage, and played a bunch of songs off that that haven't been released yet. (There were also guys in the crowd holding up banners with the title and release date -- Summertime '06, due June 30 via Blacksmith, Artium, and Def Jam.) He also did a bunch off last year's great Hell Can Wait, like "Fire," "65 Hunnid," "Blue Suede," and "Hands Up." The chorus of the latter, kind of like Kendrick Lamar's "drank!", is deceptively a celebratory chant while actually delivering a very serious message. But Vince didn't hesitate to embrace its celebratory side, and had the crowd going off for it.

Sleigh Bells were next (not really my thing), and then once the sun finally came down, El-P and Killer Mike took the stage, leading in the crowd in a sing-a-long as their DJ played Queen's "We Are the Champions." There's a part of me that wishes they'd still play some of R.A.P. Music like at the early Run the Jewels shows, but putting that wish aside, this was easily the best RTJ show I've seen yet. El-P seemed clearly in awe that he was headlining such a huge show in his hometown, and the whole thing really did seem to give RTJ even more energy than usual. Despite Killer Mike's arm being in a sling, he and El-P were in nonstop beast mode, running around the stage from start to finish. The crowd was getting lightly rained on the whole time, but that didn't kill the energy that most in attendance were giving right back to El-P and Killer Mike.

Jaime and Mikey brought out a handful of impressive guests too. Gangsta Boo came out for her verse on "Love Again (Akinyele Back)," their old pal Despot joined them for a song, and El-P's former Company Flow groupmate Mr. Len showed up too. But most exciting of all was when another NYC rapper came out, Nas. With basically no introduction, he walked on stage with his hood up, hi-fived El-P, and went into his 2002 single "Made You Look."

A video of that, more pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Run the Jewels played 50 Kent in the rain with Nas, Gangsta Boo, Despot, Mr. Len, Vince Staples, Sleigh Bells (pics/video)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Best Coast / Built to Spill / Alvvays @ 50 Kent 6/13/2015
Best Coast
Built to Spill
Best Coast

Northside Festival was in full swing on Saturday (6/13) with shows happening all over Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick all day and through the night. The big outdoor stage at 50 Kent had an appealing triple bill featuring Nashville rockers Bully, charming Canadians Alvvays, indie rock greats Built to Spill, and breezy headliners Best Coast making for good vibes all night. Pictures from that show are in this post.

The most anticipated performance for me was Built to Spill, who I hadn't seen since the 2009 Siren Festival. Their Northside set was pretty fan-friendly, dropping Keep it Like a Secret's "You Were Right" and "Carry the Zero," and "Dystopian Dream Girl" from Perfect from Now on pretty much right out of the gate. This year's very good Untethered Moon was represented to with two songs, as well. Setlist is below.

Alvvays, who have been touring constantly since their album came out last year, have become a much more confident band and singer Molly Rankin was cracking jokes with the crowd in-between songs. It was definitely the best I'd seen them. Best Coast, who now have a third guitarist in their ranks, kept the crowd entertained with a set full of sing-a-longs, closing the night with "Boyfriend," the song that "everyone's waiting for," according to vocalist/guitarist Bethany Cosentino.

Our photographer, Amanda, missed Bully at this show but did catch them at their UO Live Stage show earlier that day. They're hanging around NYC for a free 7 PM set at Rough Trade tonight (6/15). All ages, no wristband required.

Pictures of Bully's UO Live Stage set, plus more of the other three bands at 50 Kent, below...

Continue reading "Best Coast, Built to Spill, Alvvays & Bully played Northside at 50 Kent (pics, BTS setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Against Me! / Mitski / Cayetana
Against Me!

After playing Bonnaroo on Friday, Against Me! brought their tour to NYC for a free afternoon show in McCarren Park, part of Brooklyn's Northside Festival. It was a great bill all around, with Brooklyn's Mitski and Philly's Cayetana opening the show. Both Mitski and Cayetana did similar sets to other recent NYC shows (mostly off their respective 2014 albums), and they both sounded excellent as always. Mitski had a new backing band with her this time (and at her Saint Vitus show a night earlier), and they sounded great, including the addition of electronic drum pads during "I Don't Smoke." Mitski has two more upcoming NYC shows on her tour with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux.

Against Me! wrapped up the show, taking the stage at the early, sunny, and very hot hour of 5:30 PM or so. The crowd really packed in for them, and they sounded fantastic as ever. We got plenty off last year's Transgender Dysphoria Blues, plus a handful of others from throughout their career like "Sink, Florida Sink," "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" and more. They also opened the encore with their cover of The Replacements' "Androgynous." A short video clip of that is here. Against Me!'s full setlist, and more pictures from the McCarren Park show, below.

AM! also just announced a live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, which is due September 4 via Total Treble/Ingrooves. Check out the tracklist, a stream of "True Trans Soul Rebel" from the album, and the artwork (which may not be safe for certain work environments), below.

Continue reading "Against Me! played McCarren Park w/ Mitski & Cayetana (pics, setlist), announce live album"

photo: Run the Jewels @ FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Run the Jewels

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

Run The Jewels, Vince Staples, Sleigh Bells @ 50 Kent (NORTHSIDE)
After long-running and consistently great separate careers, El-P and Killer Mike joined forces and deservedly catapulted themselves further into the public eye than ever before. Making this show even better is rising rap star of the moment Vince Staples, and loud pop duo Sleigh Bells.

Zola Jesus, Blanck Mass, Container @ Warsaw (NORTHSIDE)
Zola Jesus has been making quality dark pop for years now, most recently on 2014's Taiga (her first for Mute). Two noisy electronic artists open this show.

Le1f, Princess Nokia, DJ HVAD @ Brooklyn Bowl (NORTHSIDE)
Eccentric rapper Le1f headlines POP Montreal's Northside showcase at Brooklyn Bowl tonight.

Institute, Anasazi, Cheena, Mommy @ Palisades (NORTHSIDE)
Institute (mem Wiccans, Glue) recently put out their new record on Sacred Bones, which features a contribution from Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage (also previously of Wiccans), and PC's style isn't too far removed from what Institute are doing here. A few good local punk and post-punk bands open the show.

Vatican Shadow, Shifted, 400PPM, Dual Action @ Home Sweet Home (Nothing Changes)
Yesterday, Prurient was the special guest at Saint Vitus, and today main man Dominick Fernow plays NYC with another of his projects, Vatican Shadow. This show goes laaaate.

The Sun Ra Arkestra, PC Worship, Shilpa Ray @ Rough Trade (NORTHSIDE)
Keeping alive the music of the late groundbreaking jazz musician Sun Ra is longtime sideman Marshall Allen, who leads The Sun Ra Arkestra. Tonight's show is good all around with local noise rockers PC Worship and punk blues singer Shilpa Ray.

Enabler, Meek is Murder, White Widows Pact, Mary Todd @ Acheron
The killer double-billed hardcore tour of Enabler and Meek Is Murder rolls through NYC tonight. Enabler are releasing their new album, Fail to Feel Safe, later this year via Century Media, and Meek Is Murder recently dropped their newest, Onward/Into the Sun.

Girlschool, Crucified Barbara, Old James, Velvet Black @ Saint Vitus
The UK's Girlschool have long been associated with Motorhead, and like that band they've been churning out hard rock for decades. Their newest album is due this summer, 35 years after their debut, Demolition.

Light Asylum, Honduras, eskimeaux, American Wrestlers @ UO Live Stage (NORTHSIDE)
With part of Bedford Ave closed to auto traffic, there's live music set up right on the street (Bedford/N5) and this day show features a diverse lineup, including electro act Light Asylum and guitar-pop band Honduras.

Jackson Scott @ Rough Trade
Living in the same sonic universe as Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin (or Tame Impala), Jackson Scott's got a swirling psych sound that's equal parts chunky riffs and big pop hooks.  This is a free afternoon show, starts at 2 PM.

Viet Cong, SannhetGirl Band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (NORTHSIDE)
While there are definite echoes of Gang of Four, Wire, Neu!, Joy Division and other postpunk/kraut influences, Viet Cong don't really sound like any of them. It's a weird, complex blend of those things, put through a kaleidoscopic lens filter that's best experienced live. This is their second of two Northside shows with intense Irish group Girl Band and tonight's show is extra great, because Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet round out the bill.

Future Punx, Pill, Waltz, What Moon Things, Jackson Scott, Pink Mexico @ Cameo (NORTHSIDE)
Dull Tools labelmates Future Punx and Pill headline this Northside bill that also includes garage rocker Jackson Scott.

Guantanamo Baywatch, GYMSHORTS, Scully @ The Wick
Portland beach party garage rockers Guantanamo Baywatch just released the fun Darling...It's Too Late album and are in NYC for two shows. Tonight's is at this cavernous former brewery and the show also features fun local band Scully

Ricky Eat Acid, Foxes in Fiction, Emily Reo @ Baby's All Right (NORTHSIDE)
The Kenmore/Orchid Tapes Northside showcase offers a lineup of ambient pop from RIcky Eat Acid, Foxes In Fiction, and Emily Reo.

Bad Religion, Plague Vendor, Lost In Society @ Starland Ballroom
Bad Religion just wrapped up a sold-out run of four wild NYC shows (at least the one we caught was), and before leaving the area they'll play a larger venue in the nearby Sayreville, NJ.

Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Cash Cash @ Barclays Center
With so many great Northside shows happening, a big mainstream R&B/rap show might not be your choice destination tonight, but if it is, there's no denying that Ne-Yo and Ludacris both have their fair share of bangers.

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Spend your day dancing to salsa versions of your favorite indie songs on Rockaway Beach this afternoon with The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. It's free.

Alvvays @ The Surf Lodge
If you're out in Montauk today, going to see charming Canadian guitar pop band Alvvays is probably a good option.

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

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Lower Dens @ MHOW 6/11/2014
Lower Dens

Lower Dens played Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (6/11), a show that was part of the Baltimore band's current tour as well as the 2015 Northside Festival. The band are beginning to come out of their shell a bit as Jana Hunter puts down her guitar for most songs, allowing her to become more of a frontperson. Their set leaned heavy on this year's terrific Escape from Evil and they finished things up with a brooding, low-and-slow take on Hall & Oates' "Maneater." A video of them doing that cover last month in London is below.

Opening at MHOW were Brooklyn's TEEN. Lower Dens will be back in NYC in August for a MoMA Nights show. More pictures from MHOW, and the "Maneater" video, below...

Continue reading "Lower Dens covered Hall & Oates at MHOW w/ TEEN (pics ++ "Maneater" video from London show) "

photos by P Squared Photography

Luna @ Northside Fest 6/11/2014

The reunited Luna played their first NYC show in 10 years on Thursday (6/11) in Williamsburg's McCarren Park, which also served to kick off the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival. Their set began with the memorable bassline of "Slide" (the first song from their debut album, Lunapark) which started a parade of favorites that included "California (All the Way)," "Tiger Lily," "Lost in Space," "23 Minutes in Brussels" and "Chinatown." Their set also included an audience sing-a-long of "Happy Birthday" for bassist Britta Phillips and a closing cover of Beat Happening's "Indian Summer." Dean Wareham was in good spirits, pointing out buildings in the Manhattan skyline and friends in the crowd, and remarking on the muggy heat. It was indeed very hot but no complaints other than I personally could've stood to hear more songs ("Slash Your Tires," "Superfreaky Memories," "This Time Around" perhaps?) but there's always next time. Pictures and setlist are in this post.

The free show (no one was checking RSVPS, you could just walk in, by the way) was opened by the jammy instrumental act Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band. Pics from their set, and more from Luna, below...

Continue reading "Luna played their first NYC show in 10 years at free Northside show in McCarren Park (pics, setlist)"

(photo by Emily Jonker)
Heaters band

Grand Rapids, MI trio Heaters are getting ready to release their new platter of blazing psych, titled Holy Water Pool, September 25 via Beyond Beyond Is Beyond. The band haven't shared any music from it yet but you can check out cover art and tracklist (and an older Heaters cut) below.

You can get an early taste live, though, as Heaters start their tour this weekend in NYC. They play tonight (6/12) at The Treehouse (upstairs at 2A) in the East Village with Michael Rault and The Britnays. They'll play Northside Festival on Saturday at Baby's All Right as part of the Panache showcase with Calvin Love, Michael Rault, EZTV, and The Holydrug Couple. Tickets for that are on sale or you can use your Northside badge (subject to capacity).

Heaters will also be back for 4 Knots Festival with Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Mikal Cronin, Screaming Females and more (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Heaters ready 'Holy Water Pool,' playing NYC / Northside this weekend, 4 Knots in July & more tour dates"

photo: Jacco Gardner @ Seaport Music Festival 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jacco Gardner at Seaport Music Festival

Jacco Gardner, who just released his second album, was one of a few bands featured on a limited edition Trouble in Mind 12" they released just for the Eindhoven Psych Lab festival that happened in the Netherlands last weekend. The comp also featured exclusive tracks from The Liminanas, Klaus Johann Grobe, Ultimate Painting, Morgan Delt, Soft Walls and Doug Tuttle, all of whom played the fest. The comp was hard to come by (the label is promising it may be available on their site again soon) but for now you can stream Jacco's contribution, the instrumental "You Have The Key (That Opens The Door)" below.

Gardner is in NYC as we speak for Northside, playing Rough Trade tonight (6/12) with Nap Eyes, and Heaven's Gate. Tickets are still available and you can use your Northside badge to get in (subject to capacity). He then opens the Heems / Very Best show on Friday (6/12) at Green Label Live in McCarren Park (where Luna play tonight). That show is also with St. Grandson, Sevdaliza, Oy and Irie Mafia. It's free but you do need to RSVP.

Those Northside shows are the kickoff to Gardner's North American tour. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jacco Gardner shares unreleased track, here for Northside: Rough Trade tonight, free McCarren show on Friday (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

(photo by Michelle Furbacher)
The Tough Age

Vancouver garage punks Tough Age will release their new album, I Get The Feeling Central on June 23 via Mint Records. While their early records were defiantly low-fi, this new one has a pleasant mid-fi clarity, that still feels just gritty enough. Get an early taste via Hives-style ripper "Gutter Lemon" which makes its premiere in this post. Stream it below.

Tough Age will be in NYC this weekend for Northside where they'll play Trash Bar on Friday (6/12) with fellow Canadians and Mint labelmates Monomyth, as well as The Cowmen and Shark Week. That show is $10 at the door or you can get in with a Northside badge (subject to capacity).

It's Tough Age's only US show at the moment but they do have some Canadian shows coming up. All North American dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Vancouver's Tough Age share "Gutter Lemon" from forthcoming LP, playing Northside w/ Monomyth (dates)"

photo: Merchandise in Chicago in 2014 (more by Milos Markicevic)

Florida post-punks Merchandise were just in NYC for two shows this past Saturday, and now they're planning on swinging back around for another one this Saturday (6/13).

It's one of the two free daytime Northside Festival shows happening at the UO Live Stage at Williamsburg Walks, located on Bedford Ave and N. 5th St. It's a diverse lineup too, with Merchandise being joined by psych rockers Sunflower Bean, ambient/art pop musician GABI, punky indie rockers Bully, and one more TBA.

The next day (6/14) has Light Asylum, Honduras, Eskimeaux, American Wrestlers, and one more TBA.

Set times for both shows below...

Continue reading "Merchandise, GABI, Bully, Light Asylum, Honduras and more playing free daytime Northside shows at UO Live Stage"


Toronto's Doomsquad have made a video for "Two-Way Mirror" from their Pageantry Suite EP which came out last month via Hand Drawn Dracula. The video, directed by Chris Boni, was filmed around Roswell, NM and involves aliens and ice cream. It's more of a short film than your standard music video and you can watch it below.

As mentioned, Doomsquad will be in NYC this week for Northside Festival, playing a late show Saturday (6/13) at Rough Trade with PINS. 10:30 PM doors for that one and tickets are still available, or you can get in with a Northside badge. After that, they'll be on tour with Fucked Up as part of their 'Zodiac' big band. That tour comes to Brooklyn's The Wick on June 26 (tickets) and WFMU Monty Hall in NJ on June 27 (tickets). If you'd like to go to the Wick show for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. Details, plus a list of Doomsquad tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Doomsquad share "Two-Way Mirror" video, here this week for Northside ++ win tix to The Wick show w/ Fucked Up"

photo: Cayetana at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Against Me! will begin their North American tour after their set at Bonnaroo this Friday (6/12), coming to NYC for a free Northside Festival show on Saturday afternoon (6/13) in McCarren Park. Since we last spoke, that show got even better with the addition of Mitski and Cayetana. RSVP is still open.

That's Mitski's second Northside show, after the Pitchfork show happening a night earlier at Saint Vitus (6/12) with Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit and Dreamcrusher (tickets). She's also touring with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux, hitting NYC on 7/17 at Palisades (sold out) and 7/19 at Shea (tickets).

Cayetana don't have any other NYC shows coming up, but they were just here opening for Billy Idol and will meet back up with both Billy and Against Me! at Riot Fest Chicago.

Updated Against Me! dates are listed, with some videos, below...

Continue reading "Against Me! kicking off tour this week; Mitski and Cayetana opening their free NYC show (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

ancient sky

Brooklyn heavy psych practitioners Ancient Sky will release their new album, Mosaic, on June 9 via Wharf Cat. The album was produced by Ben Greenberg of The Men and really shows off the band's dynamic finesse -- intense, but with plenty of headspace. You can listen to the whole thing right now, below.

Ancient Sky will celebrate Mosaic at Brooklyn's Union Pool on Saturday (6/6) with Dommengang, and Marisa Anderson. That show is $10 at the door. They'll also play the Wharf Cat Northside Fest showcase at Shea Stadium on June 13 that's also with Gun Outfit, The Ukiah Drag, Sediment Club, and Psychic Blood. Tickets are $10 and you can also get in with a Northside badge (based on capacity). Flyer for the Northside show is below.

Continue reading "Ancient Sky releasing 'Mosaic' (stream it), playing shows, including Northside Fest w/ Gun Outfit & more"

by Bill Pearis

Beverly @ Cake Shop 5/28/2015 (photo via @brooklynvegan)

Beverly just played NYC Popfest where they were headliners at the kickoff show at Cake Shop on May 28. It was a different lineup than I'd seen before, with The Drums member Johnny Aires on bass, and they played a few new songs as well, all of which I thought were good and Bev just sounded terrific in general. They did one of those new cuts, the Big Star-ish "Crooked Cop" for Brooklyn Magazine's "Brooklyn x Brooklyn" video series. Beverly also covered The Drums' "Best Friend" and you can watch both of those live videos below.

You can next catch Beverly next week at Northside Fest, where they'll play the Kanine/Culture Collide/Terrorbird showcase at Alphaville on June 11 that also features Wildhoney and Spook School (who are touring together), as well as Expert Alterations, Charly Bliss, Raindeer and Cloud Cover. There will also be DJ sets from Kip of Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kevin from Literature, Faith from PINS and Lio from Kanine. Flyer and set times are below.

Beverly will then be touring in July, including a few dates with PINS. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Beverly cover The Drums in new video series, touring after Northside show w/ Wildhoney, Spook School & more"


The reformed Luna will be touring North America this fall, but folks in NYC can see them before that, as they'll be playing a free Northside Festival show on June 11 at McCarren Park! It is FREE but you do need to claim tickets.

Luna will be back for three NYC shows in October.

Mykki Blanco
Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco recently announced that he'd no longer be rapping, but that doesn't mean he's not performing at all. Not long ago, he gave a spoken word performance called Baby Steps: How to heal yourself from everyday Psychic Poisons or Repentance for Dummies, and uploaded video along with the following statement:

Most people are familiar with my work in rap music and so may not be aware of my background in theater, acting and writing.

Last summer I participated in a writing residency at Galeria zé dos bois in Lisbon Portugal. Most of my theatrical and spoken performances have been very ephemeral, connected to either larger events or apart of lectures and panel discussions and have not been filmed. But I am happy to share with you here in its entirety my solo performance.

You can watch the performance below. No word yet what exactly Mykki's future performances will be, but he did just schedule a free NYC show happening August 22 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway Beach location that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are now booking. Other artists TBA for that show.

Mykki's old friend from the rap days, Le1f, also announced a new NYC show today. He plays the POP Montreal Northside Festival showcase happening June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl with Princess Nokia and DJ HVAD. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

Le1f's most recent single is a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter." Listen to that, with the Mykki Blanco videos, below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco shares spoken word videos, playing a free NYC show; Le1f playing POP Montreal's Northside showcase"

Bell Witch - 'Four Phantoms' artwork
Bell Witch

Pitchfork have announced their Northside Festival showcases, which take place June 12 and June 13 at Saint Vitus.

The day 1 lineup includes Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit, Mitski and Dreamcrusher. Tickets are on sale.

And day 2 is Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase (their metal column), and that one features Bell Witch, Akitsa, Alberich and special guests. Tickets are on sale for that one too. Flyers for both, below.

Fred Thomas recently wrapped up a 2-night stand in NYC on his current tour. Mitski has a tour with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux coming up too.

Gun Outfit, who haven't been in NYC in a while, were also recently announced for another Northside showcase. They play the Wharf Cat Records showcase on June 13 at Shea Stadium with The Ukiah Drag, Sediment Club, Ancient Sky and Psychic Blood. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Gun Outfit and Ukiah Drag also both play Berserktown in LA.

Bell Witch recently released their newest album, Four Phantoms. Stream that, with the Pitchfork flyers, below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork announce Northside shows with Fred Thomas, Bell Witch, Mitski, Gun Outfit (who also play Wharf Cat's show)"

Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu has already been having a pretty busy year. He made an album with Merzbow, a song with Zola Jesus and Former Ghosts, and played a collaborative NYC show with Mantra Percussion. He's got more tour dates coming up, including a return to NYC which will be a more traditional show.

He plays a Northside Festival show on June 13 at Palisades, which has solid local support from Bottoms and Eula. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon, and you can also try to get in using a Northside badge.

Zola Jesus has a Northside show too. All Xiu Xiu dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Xiu Xiu touring, playing Northside w/ Bottoms & Eula (dates)"

photo by Alex de Mora
Blanck Mass

Fuck Buttons member Benjamin John Power, aka Blanck Mass, is releasing his noisy/electronic new album, Dumb Flesh, next week (5/12) via Sacred Bones. Head below to stream it in full ahead of its release.

Blanck Mass also has tour dates coming up, including two Brooklyn shows during the Northside Festival. The first is a headlining midnight show at Saint Vitus on Saturday, June 13 (tickets), and then he opens the Zola Jesus show happening Sunday, June 14 at Warsaw. Another noisy electronic musician, Container, plays first. Tickets are still available.

All Blanck Mass dates are listed, with the new album stream, below...

Continue reading "Blanck Mass (mem Fuck Buttons) streaming new LP, touring, playing 2 Northside shows (one with Zola Jesus & Container)"

photos: Girl Band @ BVSXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Girl Band

Ireland's brash, loud Girl Band, who visited in March around SXSW, will be heading back to North America for a tour in June. They'll spend part of that opening for Viet Cong, including both Northside Fest shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, both of which are sold out. (You can still try and get in with a Northside badge.) Additionally, Girl Band will also play Brooklyn's Rough Trade on June 25. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon.

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photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me!

We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.

Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.

Against Me! also have several other tour dates this year, and Laura Jane Grace plays a couple solo shows, including one in NYC.

Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.


And a few other Northside updates:

Girl Band were added to both Viet Cong shows. Sannhet are on night 2 as well. Both are sold out.

The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.

Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).

Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).

Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).

Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).

Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).

You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.