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by Bill Pearis

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Manchester quartet PINS will release their new album, Wild Nights, will be out June 9 via Bella Union. They recorded the LP in Joshua Tree at Rancho De La Luna with Dave Catching (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal) and had it mixed at Brooklyn's Atomic Sound. You can check out slow-burn first single, "Too Little Too Late," via its music video, below. That will also be a 7" single with a cover of The Misfits' "Hybrid Moments" on the b-side which you can stream below as well.

The band, who were last in NYC for CMJ, are on tour in the UK this month with Drenge and Wire, but will be visiting NYC for Northside Fest, playing a late show at Rough Trade on June 13. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon. They'll be touring the rest of North America this year as well. Stay tuned. All announced dates are listed below.

Continue reading "PINS ready 'Wild Nights,' share video for first single and Misfits cover, playing Northside Fest & other dates"

Blonde Redhead

NYC indie vets Blonde Redhead will tour this June into July, hitting their hometown twice. The first is a Northside Festival show happening at Brooklyn's Warsaw on June 13, and ten days later they play Webster Hall on June 23. Tickets for Warsaw and Webster go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon and 10 AM respectively, and you can also try to get into the Warsaw show with a Northside badge.

Blonde Redhead's most recent album was LP #9, Barragán, which dropped last year. Listen to a track from that, along with an older favorite and their list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Blonde Redhead announce 2015 tour (2 NYC shows included)"

photo: Sleigh Bells @ Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells have been added to Run the Jewels and Vince Staples' Northside Fest show at 50 Kent on June 14. Tickets are still available. 50 Kent's shows for 2015 are being called "Brooklyn Live at the Inlet" as the location is part of Bushwick Inlet Park. Shows there include Northside Fest shows with Neko Case and Rhye on June 12 (tickets), and Best Coast, Built to Spill, Alvvays and Bully on June 13 (tickets).

Other shows happening as part of Brooklyn Live: Common's show on July 11 as part of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (tickets), and a hip hop/EDM event called "The Greatest Day Ever" on July 18 (details TBA but tickets on sale). Dance club Verboten, which is a few blocks from 50 Kent, will be throwing parties on July 3, August 23 and September 19, details TBA.

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Chilean psych duo The Holydrug Couple will release their new album, Moonlust, on May 12 via Sacred Bones. The new album was recorded in Chile, and then mixed in Brooklyn by The Men's Ben Greenberg. It's a somewhat new direction for the band, with Serge Gainsbourg's soundtrack work being an admitted influence. You can stream two tracks off the album below.

The Holydrug Couple will be on tour in North America starting next month, and their tour will wrap up in NYC for shows at The Northside Festival in June. Details on those Northside show are still TBA, but all announced dates are listed below.

Continue reading "The Holydrug Couple releasing 'Moonlust' and touring North America, playing Northside Fest (dates, song streams)"

photo: Zola Jesus at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Zola Jesus has a few festival dates coming up this June, including Firefly Festival, NXNE, and since we last spoke she added a show during Brooklyn's Northside Festival. That happens June 14 at Warsaw. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Dutch psych pop wiz Jacco Gardner has just released a video for single "Find Yourself" from his forthcoming Hypnophobia. Directed by Bear Damen in a '70s paranoid thriller style, it stars Mickey Cohen as a man who may literally be experiencing the song's title. With lots of old-school oil projection effects (and shot on film) it's a cool trip and you can watch it below.

Jacco is gearing up for a busy SXSW and dates on the West Coast. He'll will be through NYC for the Northside Festival, playing June 11 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/13) at noon, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

There's a second Northside date listed for June 12, details TBA, so stay tuned. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jacco Gardner shares "Find Yourself" video, playing Northside Festival at Rough Trade (updated dates)"

photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet are having a busy year. Their great new album Revisionist is out now, they very recently played Saint Vitus, they're playing it again this month, and they've also been added to one of the NYC shows on Viet Cong's tour.

They open night 2, June 14 at MHOW, which tickets are still on sale for. Night 1 (6/13) is sold out, and no openers have been announced for that one. Both shows are part of Northside Festival, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

If you missed it, Gang of Four's Andy Gill weighed in on Viet Cong's controversial name over the weekend. Go4 played NYC over the weekend too.

Sannhet's Vitus show is a Revisionist release show and happens March 27 with Kayo Dot (who have other upcoming shows). Since we last spoke, Oneirogen (who played an Invisible Oranges show on Saturday) was added too. Tickets are still on sale.

Stream Revisionist, with Sannhet's updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Sannhet opening for Viet Cong, added Oneirogen to their LP release show (updated tour dates)"

photo: Best Coast @ Burger A-Go-Go, 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
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The Northside Festival announced their initial 2015 lineup earlier this week, which included shows with Best Coast, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case and more. Those artists will all be headlining shows at outdoor space 50 Kent and details for those have been announced:

FRIDAY, JUNE 12: Neko Case with Rhye, and Majical Cloudz. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

SATURDAY, JUNE 13: Best Coast + Built to Spill (co-headliners), with Alvvays and Bully. Tickets go on sale at noon.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14: Run the Jewels, with Vince Staples + Special Guests. Tickets go on sale at noon.

You can also buy Northside badges which are currently on early bird discount.

(photo: RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels

As mentioned before, the music portion of the 2015 Northside Festival happens June 11 - 14 at venues all over north Brooklyn. We already knew Viet Cong, Lower Dens and Ex Hex were playing and the fest has now official announced them in their initial lineup. Also in that list: Run the Jewels, Best Coast, Vince Staples, Rhye, Built to Spill, Neko Case, ALVVAYS, Against Me!, Jacco Gardner, Majical Cloudz, The Business and more. Badges are on sale now (and currently 20% off) and you can check out all announced 2015 artists, below.

Built to Spill have a new album and many other dates on the way too.

Best Coast also have a new album.

Both Vince Staples and Alvvays will be in NYC even sooner.

The wild Oi! punks The Business' Northside show was announced for June 11 at Saint Vitus with more TBA (tickets).

Continue reading "Northside Fest announces initial 2015 lineup"

Lower Dens

Lower Dens have made a video for "To Die In L.A." which is the first single from their forthcoming Escape from Evil. Directed by SSION's Cody Critcheloe, the video is a mini noir thriller set in the titular city and starring singer/model/scenester Actually Huizenga. Says Lower Dens' Jana Hunter:

The song takes its name from the film, 'To Live and Die in L.A.' and both the song and the film are about something wild, careless, exciting and tragic. The video needed to reflect that. Cody was the obvious choice. The first time I saw him in person, he was on top of a crowd in Monterrey, pelvic-thrusting and singing, as SSION. I fell in love immediately. Who better to translate this ode to reckless firebrands.
You can watch the video below.

As mentioned, Lower Dens will celebrate the new album with a few shows, including Baby's All Right on March 31 which is the LP's release date and is now sold out. Lower Dens will be on a more proper tour this summer, with another stop in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 11 which is part of the Northside Festival. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/25) at noon.

The summer tour hasn't officially been announced yet, but all known dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Lower Dens share "To Die in L.A." video, touring this summer, playing Northside Festival (updated dates)"

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

photo: Viet Cong at Mercury Lounge last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Viet Cong

Viet Cong's June 13 Music Hall of Williamsburg show sold out pretty quickly and the band have now added a second MHOW show happening the following night (June 14)Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (2/13) with a BrooklynVegan presale starting at noon on Wednesday (2/11). Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Both shows are part of the 2015 Northside Festival and you can also try and get into the Brooklyn show with a Northside badge. They're on sale now, though the only other artist announced for the fest so far is Ex Hex. Stay tuned for more of the lineup to the annual North Brooklyn, multi-venue festival.

Updated Viet Cong tour dates below...

Continue reading "Viet Cong add second MHOW / Northside Fest show to tour (BrooklynVegan presale included)"

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

photo: Viet Cong at Union Pool last week (more by PSquared)
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Last week, Canadian ex-Women post-punks Viet Cong wrapped up a sold-out two-night stand here in NYC, and as we pointed out, there were posters at their Mercury Lounge show advertising a Music Hall of Williamsburg show for June 13, part of the Northside Festival. Now there's ticket info for the show. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (2/6), but you can get them sooner in the BrooklynVegan presale, starting noon on Wednesday (2/4). Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

You can also try and get into the Brooklyn show with a Northside badge. They're on sale now, though the only other artist announced for the fest so far is Ex Hex. Stay tuned for more of the lineup to the annual North Brooklyn, multi-venue festival.

Viet Cong have a ton of other dates leading up to their Northside show, all of which are listed below.

Continue reading "Viet Cong Northside show at MHOW ticket info announced (BrooklynVegan presale included +++ updated tour dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Viet Cong @ Mercury Lounge, 1/29/2014
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Calgary, AB's murky and mercurial Viet Cong played their second of two NYC dates this week, an early show at Mercury Lounge last night (1/29) with What Moon Things. Pictures from that are in this post. Both this and Wedesday's Union Pool show were sold out. NYC will get their next chance to see them this spring -- there were posters up at Mercury Lounge show saying Viet Cong would be playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 13 which is part of the 2015 Northside Festival. Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime check out more pics from last night, plus videos of Viet Cong doing "Continental Shelf" and "March of Progress" at the show and their setlist, below...

Continue reading "Viet Cong played Mercury Lounge with What Moon Things (pics, video), playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in June"

Ex Hex at MoMA Nights in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Mary Timony's power trio Ex Hex, who are landing on several year-end lists, have a ton of tour dates scheduled for 2015, including two NYC shows: Le Poisson Rouge on April 23 and then they'll be back later as part of Northside Festival on June 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for LPR go on sale Wednesday (12/17) at 10 AM and MHOW go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19) with an AmEx presale starting noon on Wednesday.

No word yet if more spring/summer dates will be announced, but all currently known dates are listed below...

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Black Bear Bar only has 4 pics on Facebook. This is one of them
Black Bear Bar

As Ted Chase first told me, the Northside Festival showcase happening in the front room of what used to be Public Assembly (but is now called Black Bear Bar) was shut down by the police on Friday night, presumably due to noise. Yes, that's the same Friday the 13th full moon evening that Omar Souleyman postponed due to "travel issues" and The War on Drugs/Woods show postponed due to rain. We opened doors at Baby's All Right a bit late that night and Little Big League broke a string, but we were otherwise lucky. The BrooklynVegan showcase that night with Operators, mostly went off without a hitch.

Locals EULA were the band that was playing when the police turned the power off at Black Bear. Luckily for Eula fans, there's another chance to catch the band this week, and the band says, "for anyone who missed our epic 1 song set at Northside, we will be extending our set on thursday." The Thursday show they're referring to is the 6/19 show at Trans Pecos in Queens which we mentioned in a post about guitarist Alexander Turnquist who is also on the bill along with his collaborator Christopher Tignorm, and Advaeta.

EULA are releasing a new 7", "Orderly" b/w "Meadows", on July 15th via Bloodmoss Records (whose showcase they played in May). It was produced by Swans/Sonic Youth producer Martin Bisi, and EULA's next show after Thursday is the release show on July 31st at the same DIY venue Trash Talk played last night, Palisades in Brooklyn. Big Ups, Pile, and Courtship Ritual are also on that bill.

Listen to "Orderly" now, below...

Continue reading "Police shut down Black Bear Bar show, so EULA will play extra long Thursday (maybe tracks off their new 7")"

photos by P Squared Photography

Beirut @ 50 Kent - 6/14/14
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Beirut have international dates coming up this year, but before that they graced their current hometown of Brooklyn with a one-off Northside Festival at 50 Kent this past Saturday (6/14). NYC rap crew Ratking and Gambian Kora player Malang Jobarteh provided contrasting opening sets before Zach Condon and company played a 19-song set full of old favorites and also played a new song. Luckily it didn't rain. Pictures of the show are in this post.

We also just caught ex-Beirut member Kelly Pratt as a member of The Antlers at Rough Trade last night (6/17).

More pictures, with a video of the new song and Beirut's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Beirut played 50 Kent during Northside w/ Ratking and Malang Jobarteh (pics, video, setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Pink Baby

Operators / Little Big League / Motion Studies @ Baby's All Right 6/13/2013
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Little Big League
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The music portion of the 2014 Northside Festival kicked into high gear on Friday (6/13), as did Mother Nature, dumping buckets of rain on us, and postponing The War on Drugs big outdoor show. In the dry (but still moist) confines of Baby's All Right, BrooklynVegan had our official showcase and we were lucky enough to have the NYC debut of Dan Boeckener's new band Operators, plus Philadelphia's Little Big League and Brooklyn band Motion Studios. Pictures from the show are in this post.

The evening started with Motion Studies, which on record is mostly Tyler McCauley (who plays in a few other bands too) but live was a seven-piece outfit. (It did not include, however, Nick Sylvester who runs GODMODE records and plays on some Motion Studies tracks.) There's shades of danceable mid-'00s DFA but also harder rock and softer rock (they shouted out Michael McDonald before one song). Whatever sound they're doing, they definitely give it their all.

Little Big League were up next. They were having some technical problems that led to lengthy pauses between songs, but they rocked hard when they were on. When singer Michelle Zauner (aka Japanese Breakfast) wails, both on guitar and voice, this band is really a live force. They have a new split 7" with Ovlov and just released a song from that today. Stream it (via Wondering Sound) below.

Operators were the main event. "This is our fourth or fifth show ever. For us to be able to play it in New York is kind of incredible," Dan Boeckner told the crowd at Baby's All Right. That might be true of most new bands, but maybe not one fronted by the guy from Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, and Divine Fits. Still, Boeckner seemed genuinely stoked to be playing this show, beaming and sweaty. Fans of his other projects would have no trouble realizing Operators -- featuring Divine Fits drummer Sam Brown (also of New Bomb Turks) and Devojka -- was a Boeckner band, not straying too far from the dancerock he made with Handsome Furs or Divine Fits. And that husky voice is instantly recognizable as well. Even though Operators have only released one song to the public so far, the packed-in crowd was definitely into it, dancing, cheering, and left wanting more.

Speaking of more, lots more pics from the whole show are below...

Continue reading "Operators made their NYC debut at BrooklynVegan Northside showcase w/ Little Big League and Motion Studies (pics)"

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Titus Andronicus / Eagulls @ Warsaw - 6/12/14
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Brooklyn's Northside Festival began last night (6/12) with multiple shows, including Titus Andronicus / Eagulls / D'NT / Low Fat Getting High at Warsaw, one of the shows we were excited to see. LFGH and D'NT provided local support, with the former ripping through Nirvana-style (think "Negative Creep" or "Breed") punk/grunge and the latter (a duo) playing something like QOTSA-style stoner rock. Low Fat also just put out a video for "Police Cop" yesterday, which you can watch below.

Then came UK post-punks Eagulls who I'd only previously seen on CMJ/SXSW showcases, and I think benefitted from the larger stage, light show and smoke machines. (They could stand to not talk to the sound guy every 3 minutes about adjustments though.) Diversity isn't this band's game just yet (though they only have one album and one EP so far), but they're a promising group for sure and their best songs ("Nerve Endings," "Coffin") sounded on point last night.

Eagulls are also play the free outdoor Space Ninety 8 Stage on Saturday afternoon (6/14) located on Bedford between N. 5th and N. 6th. They're on at 3:40 PM and the other bands on the bill are Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, and Piers.

Finally Titus Andronicus wrapped up the show with a fairly long set (roughly two hours) that included a good amount of material off that rock opera they're working on. One would assume these songs will be pieced together in a coherent, Tommy-style matter, so I don't want to judge the new songs yet, but I will say that any fans of the last three albums are likely gonna be into these too. The songs themselves all seemed on the shorter, tighter, Local Business-y side, though they did play one borderline ballad which was a highlight of the set.

A handful of favorites were of course played from the last three albums too, and the crowd of course ate up "Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ," "A More Perfect Union," "In A Big City," and the rest of them. Stage divers and moshers (or more like "pushers") galore, despite Patrick Stickles basically ridiculing both moshing and stage diving more than once throughout the set. And, like many Titus shows, a few covers were played. Patrick said his mom was in the audience, and since she grew up in the '60s he graced her and the rest of the crowd with a cover of The Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash." And what seemed like was going to be a 15-second joke/teaser turned into a full cover of Semisonic's "Closing Time" (people even moshed to that!) before the actual set-closer, "The Battle of Hampton Roads." And if you're wondering if the "Closing Time" joke ever gets old, from the hundreds of people shamelessly singing along last night, I'd say it doesn't.

More pics of all four bands, videos of both Titus covers, and the Low Fat video, below...

Continue reading "Titus Andronicus played new songs, covered "Closing Time" at Warsaw w/ Eagulls, D'NT, Low Fat Getting High (pics/videos)"

Omar Souleyman at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Oman Souleyman

Bad news, Omar Souleyman fans: tonight's show at Glasslands (6/13) (part of Northside) has been postponed till August 6. due to travel issues (maybe this giant storm that is currently drenching NYC?). Dutch E Germ is still performing with a Prince Rama DJ set and the show is now completely free. Tickets from tonight's show will be honored for the new date. For refunds contact Ticketfly.

50 Kent

We hope we don't have to find out, but there is a Flash Flood Watch that "remains in effect until midnight EDT", right through the entire War on Drugs, Woods, Julianna Barwick show. Meanwhile, Northside Fest says "The show must go on!"

UPDATE: As of 6:30, IT IS RAINING HARD, but still no word on the show being moved or cancelled.

UPDATE 2: The War on Drugs is postponed until Sunday!

Beirut, Ratking and Malang Jobarteh play the same outdoor venue Saturday.

by Wyatt Marshall

Vilkacis at Europa - 6/12/14 (photo via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
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Pitchfork's Northside metal show with Pallbearer, Hull, Planning for Burial, Yellow Eyes and Vilkacis was last night, and I stopped by to check out Vilkacis's set, the one-man band's first and only since a live debut (with a live lineup) at "a basement show about a year ago," according to Michael Rekevics, the guy behind Vilkacis. You may know Rekevics from one of his other projects, among them Fell Voices, Vorde and Ruin Lust. He's usually behind the drums, as he is in Fell Voices, and one thing that the bands he's a part of have in common is relentless, furious drumming. That was on display last night as the four piece tore through a roughly twenty minute set, full of big, anthemic melodies buried behind a wall of driving guitar, bass and drums. Intensity was on high--Rekevics screamed sans mic for a good bit of a set, a bass string was popped loose by the middle of song two, and it didn't stop until it was abruptly over, after "Blood Dream in the Fever of War" wrapped up, when the drummer kicked over part of his kit and the four unceremoniously exited the stage leaving the rest of us to come back down to reality. Catch Vilkacis again at Martyrdoom, when the band plays on a stacked Tuesday lineup with Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Lord Mantis and Evoken. That will be one hell of a show.

The show ran late, and I'm told Pallbearer didn't take the stage until nearly 1AM. An aftershow was planned at The Acheron with Savagist, Yellow Eyes and "Goat Pope," a band that according the Acheron "cannot possibly play at the same time" as Pallbearer. That performance was canceled due to the late hour, and while Yellow Eyes and Savagist performed, we'll have to wait for another day for some more info on the infamous and mysterious "Goat Pope."

For more metal at Northside Fest, Watain are playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Sunday (6/15) with T.O.M.B. and Kosmodemonic. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a few pairs.

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Unnerving noise/black metal destroyers Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy have been added to the Watain and Kosmodemonic show on June 15 at Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets). The Pennsylvanian project -- membership: No One -- will be playing a live set of material culled from the recently released Pennhurst / Xesse compilation that collected various demos and and EPs. T.O.M.B.'s nightmarish noise assault will also be sprayed across another LP in 2014. Titled Fury Nocturnous, the full-length will feature contributions from members of Mayhem. A label and a release date have yet to be announced. You can check out the full stream of Pennhurst / Xesse and a Fury Nocturnous teaser below.

Speaking of Watain, Invisible Oranges posted an interview with singer Erik Danielsson. In the piece, interviewer Jonathan Dick got Erik to open up regarding the latest round of black metal controversy:

Black metal will always be surrounded by controversy. It evokes energies. It thrives upon powers that are counteractive to what people view as law and order and ethics and so on. What I do need to underline here, because here is where people get it wrong: one of the greatest evils that people today know, be it an alternative culture or in conservative government halls, is Nazi Germany and Anti-Semitists and all of that. That is the one thing you cannot glorify.
Erik also talked about his upcoming Brooklyn performance that will feature all of the pyrotechnics and theatrics that American fans haven't been able to see before:
There's a need to set that up in the US in that medium, and for a long time we've been quite frustrated about not being able to present the whole show there and actually show our US fans, who are some of the most diehard fans that we have, the actual show that we do. I cannot say at this point whether or not it's going to be an exact setup similar to the ones we have in Europe, but it's definitely going to contain elements of a quite severe nature that haven't been possible to use yet in the States. I actually cannot wait. It's gonna be a really good and fucking powerful show, I think.
Tickets are still on sale and we have a few pairs you can win for free! For details on how to enter our contest, check below.

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Harvey Sid Fisher @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Some of you may have come to the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase this year that was stacked with killer punk. If you got there early, you may have also seen the somewhat odd-man-out on the bill: Harvey Sid Fisher. Who is this enigmatic dream weaver? As we wrote before:

...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.
If you've never heard Astrology Songs, its definitely at least worth checking out for your own star sign, but "Aries" is especially catchy.

Folks in NYC can catch the one and only HSF this week as he plays as part of the Northside Festival. He's playing the Personal Injury Records showcase at Muchmore's on Friday (6/13). It's a pretty good bill too, with the ethereal synthpop of Psychic Twin, Limited (Alex Craig of Big Troubles and Ducktails), plus Sateen and Ziemba. It's $8 at the door or free with a Northside badge.

Show flyer and samples of all 12 Astrology Songs videos, below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Roya is a brand new Brooklyn trio with a pretty strong pedigree: singer Rahil Jamilifard fronts Habibi, drummer Hamish Kilgour is a member of legendary band The Clean (as well as NYC's Mad Scene), and Jay Heiselmann is in Grooms (and formerly French Miami). Their sound isn't too far from what Rahil does in Habibi, and you can stream a song below.

The band just played their first show last week at Cake Shop and Roya will be playing this week at the Northside Festival, Friday (6/13) at Knitting Factory. That show is the previously mentioned Palladia & VH1 House show that Perfect Pussy are headlining, and Shilpa Ray is on the bill too. Tickets are still available, or you can try and get in with your Northside Badge (based on capacity).

The Clean will be here in August. Roya song stream below...

Continue reading "Roya (mems Habibi & The Clean) released first song (stream), playing Northside with Perfect Pussy and Shilpa Ray"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.

Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.

You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.

Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:

Continue reading "Ten (somewhat smaller) Northside shows we're excited to see"