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Future of The Left at #HotelVegan (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Future of The Left

The previously discussed Future of The Left date as part of Northside Festival is now officially announced for June 17th at Europa (support TBA). The show is their only US date scheduled thus far. Tickets are on sale or get in with your Northside badge.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Exitmusic @ Le Poisson Rouge
Exitmusic

Secretly Canadian will release Exitmusic's new album Passage on May 22. Listen to the whole thing below.

Exitmusic, who just played Le Poisson Rouge as part of their tour with School of Seven Bells (which also hit Austin), are playing NYC again as part of the Northside Festival at Brooklyn Bowl on June 16 with Exitmusic, Ape School, and Field Mouse (tickets), and then again at Mercury Lounge on June 28 (tickets)

All dates (including NXNE), the album stream, and more pictures from the LPR show, below...

Continue reading "Exitmusic streaming new album, announced more shows, played LPR (pics & dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Wymond Miles - "Pale Moon" (MP3)

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<p>When <a href=we mentioned that Crystal Stilts played 285 Kent with Woods over the weekend, it was their only announced non-festival date. I guess technically that's still true, but not really, because they're now set to play the Sacred Bones party at the Northside Festival on Glasslands on June 17. The lineup also includes Amen Dunes, Iceage side-project War who are now called VÅR, Wymond Miles (of Fresh & Onlys), and Warthog. Tickets are on sale now.

It's probably a good idea that War changed their name, and according to the band, VÅR (which translates to "spring") is not just a change in name, but also a change in direction. They've released their first new video as VÅR (pictured above), for the track, "In Your Arms," which you can watch below. Their debut LP is set to come out next year on Sacred Bones. The Northside party will be the US live debut for VÅR.

Amen Dunes in Chicago in February (more by Grant MacAllister)
Amen Dunes

Speaking of Amen Dunes, he just released the Ethio Covers 7", which consists of three covers of Ethiopian songs. One of those, "Ethio Song," can be streamed below.

For Wymond Miles, the Northside show is part of a June tour he'll be going on, most of which is with labelmates Psychic Ills (who plays Death by Audio on 5/25 with Ex Cops and PC Worship). That tour will be in support of Under the Pale Moon, his debut full length and followup to the Earth Has Doors EP, which came out earlier this year. Under the Pale Moon will be released on June 12 via Sacred Bones. Download the track, "Pale Moon," above or stream it below.

Lastly, Warthog (formerly Chain Wallet) is a new Brooklyn "supergroup" which includes Chris Hansell (who left The Men in 2011 to be replaced by Ben Greenberg aka Hubble) and members of Nomos, Nude Beach, Creem, and Dawn of Humans. They played their first show at 538 Johnson on April 8 with Hoax, Veins, and Raw Nerve. Check out footage of most of that show below.

All dates, videos, and streams below...

Continue reading "War changed name to VÅR, making U.S. debut @ Sacred Bones showcase (w/ Crystal Stilts, Wymond Miles & Amen Dunes)"

DOWNLOAD: Kool Keith - "New York" (Remix) featuring Agallah & Don Bishop (MP3)

Mayor bloomberg need a helicopter to drop bags of hydroxycut over the city of New York for some of these chicks. I see huge stomachs - Kool Keith

just watched porn scene with chick wearing uggz boots - Kool Keith

Next show I should hologram Elvis, James Brown and have Ronald Reagan as my dj - Kool Keith

Ultramagnetic MCs at ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ultramagnetic MCs

Master of the absurd and consequently a favorite on twitter, Kool Keith will one again team with his original crew Ultramagnetic MCs for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 17th as part of the Northside Festival (who just announced like 100 new bands). Tickets are on AMEX presale now and go on regular sale on Friday, or you can try to get in with your Northside badge.

The Bronx hip hop legends reunited with Kool Keith last year at BB King's and ATP NJ.

In related news, Kool Keith ALSO has a solo show of his own as part of the Northside Festival. Look for the man of many pseudonyms to bless Brooklyn Bowl on June 14th with Lushlife. Tickets are on sale or use your Northside badge.

Keith is preparing to release his new LP, which according to a press statement may be his last, Love & Danger on June 5th via Junkadelic Music (preorder it). Download the remix for "New York" (the original appears on the LP) featuring appearances from Agallah and Don Bishop above. Check out the video for the original below.

Continue reading "Ultramagnetic MCs and Kool Keith playing Northside Fest (together and separate); new album on the way"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Zambri - ICBYS (Ice Choir Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ice Choir - Teletrips (MP3)

Zambri

Fixtures on the Brooklyn scene for a while now, sisterly duo Zambri released their debut, House of Baasa, about a month ago o Kanine records. Dark and sweaty, it's a bit like a Jungle Themed Siouxsie Sioux with a number of standout tracks -- "Carry," "ICBYS," and "Hundred Hearts" which you can watch the video for below. You can stream the whole album below as well.

Zambri have a few other dates coming up -- including the Kanine Records Northside showcase at Knitting Factory on June 14 with Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day and some TBDs -- which are all listed below.

Zambri, with their seriously awesome drummer and complicated microphones, play tonight (5/10) at Public Assembly as part of a pretty good bill. Also playing are Computer Magic (aka Brooklynite Danielle Johnson) who makes appealing retro-y synthpop. Her debut EP, Orion, is out now and you can stream it below.

Openers Test House just released their debut EP, Bitemarks, a couple weeks ago. The duo make glitchy dance music and you can stream the EP below. They have a pedigree too: Peter Schuette used to be in Silk Flowers and Psychobuildings, and James Elliot spent time in Bear in Heaven and School of Seven Bells.

DJing between sets is Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who also fronts '80s romo-loving Ice Choir. Feldman remixed Zambri's "ICBYS" which is downloadable above, and they just dropped the first taste of Ice Choir's debut album, Afar, which is out in July on Underwater Peoples. You can download that above too.

Streams and Zambri tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Zambri released 'House of Baasa,' playing tonight with Computer Magic, Test House & DJ Ice Choir (who have a new MP3) "

DOWNLOAD: Niki & the Dove - The Fox (MP3)

Swedish duo Niki & the Dove will release their debut album, Instinct, on Sub Pop on August 7. That's the airbrush-overload cover art above. (You can get it via iTunes on June 12.) Before that they'll be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival, playing the Popgun party at Glasslands on June 14 with openers Selebrities. A limited number of Northside badges will be admitted, but advance tickets are on sale now.

In September, like The Vaselines, Niki & the Dove will be in for the Bumbershoot Festival (Sub Pop is currating a stage). The Vaselines also have an upcoming NYC show.

Niki & the Dove were last here in March right before SXSW and you can see photos from their Knitting Factory show here. Music videos for "Tomorrow" and "The Fox" are below.

Continue reading "Niki & the Dove releasing 'Instinct,' playing Northside Fest"

Little Dragon @ Le Baron (as seen on the BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Little Dragon

Little Dragon, who were just in town to play and record a show at Le Baron (picture above), will headline a free Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park on Friday, August 10 (five days after they play Lollapalooza) with Frankie Rose and a DJ set by Voices of Black.

Meanwhile, Frankie Rose, who just played a show at Mercury Lounge with DIIV (who she also played Chicago and Austin with), will co-headline the BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more details TBA).

Frankie is also on the lineup of the just-announced, multi-venue Pygmalion Music Festival in the Chicago area (September 27-29, 2012). Also on that lineup are Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur Jr., Cloud Nothings, Tennis, Owen, Willis Earl Beal, and many more.

All Little Dragon dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Little Dragon playing Prospect Park w/ Frankie Rose who's playing a BrooklynVegan Northside show"

Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys,  Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.

Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.

Continue reading "more Northside Festival artists announced (Frankie Rose, Grass Widow, Felice Brothers, Buke & Gass, Vår, Gap Dream & more)"

Jens Lekman

Five shows is now six. Jens Lekman, of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils performing an all-ages show at the new Williamsburg Park on Friday, June 15. It's what surely will be the headlining event at the 2012 Northside Festival. Entry is free on a first-come, first-served basis for Northside badge-holders, though there is no guarantee of admission if badge capacity is filled. If you don't want to take your chances with getting in with a badge, tickets ($33.50) go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon.

It's been five years since Jens Lekman's last album, Night Falls Over Kortedala. When are we getting something new? Jens' latest online missive:

The topic for the month of May is : Coffee

When people ask me about my production rate the last five years I sometimes say "Well you can't pour manure in an espresso machine and expect a cappucino to come out". By which I mean that some things you just go through, you don't write about them or make art out of them.

But then my friend informed me that the worlds finest and most expensive coffee is made out of the shit from a small civet. So that backfired on me.

But I've grinded these beans for you now and I finished the last mixes last night. I just have some mastering to do and some design to finish. Two-three different bands to rehearse with for the tours. Three videos to make. A million interviews to sit through. A few months to let the distributors and labels set up their plans. A summer of being worried about what you're going to think of the album. And then it will be out.

How do you take it? Milk? Sugar?

Jens did release an EP at the end of 2011 though.

The 2012 Northside Festival happens June 14 - 17 at most of the venues in Williamsburg / Greenpoint. Badges are on sale now.

by Bill Pearis

Chairlift play Webster Hall tonight (5/8, tickets still available) and if you're going you would do well to consider getting there early for openers Ice Choir. (Laurel Halo also plays.) It's the newer band from Pains of Being Pure at Heart drummer Kurt Feldman who used to front 8-bit shoegazers The Depreciation Guild.

The Ice Choir recently announced that their debut album, AFAR, will be released by Underwater Peoples on July 31. The label, mainly known for hazy stoner-friendly guitar rock, seems like an odd match for a band whose main influences seem to be Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout but people can like all sorts of different styles of music, so so can labels. The album was produced by Feldman and mixed by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht.

No tracks from AFAR have been released for us to hear yet, but album art is below and you can stream both sides of Ice Choir's debut single which came out last year on Shelf Life records. The band also have a few more shows lined up and those are below as well.

Also below are updated Chairlift tour dates and a capella live version of their song "Have We Met Before?" performed by an all-female choir comprised of local indie scene talent.

Continue reading "Ice Choir opening for Chairlift tonight, releasing 'AFAR' in July"

Olivia Tremor Control at Austin Psych Fest - 4/28/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Olivia Tremor Control

Olivia Tremor Control, who just played Austin Psych Fest, have a few scattered dates scheduled around Europe and the states, including shows at Primavera Sound, Pitchfork, and Elephant Six stronghold of Athens GA. In addition, the band has announced a lone stop in the Northeast (so far), hitting NYC on June 16th at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/11) at noon OR you can try to get in with your Northside Festival badge.

All tour dates and a live video from the Dallas show they played the night before Austin, below....

Continue reading "Olivia Tremor Control add Northside Brooklyn date between Primavera & Pitchfork Fest (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - Millions (MP3)

Eternal Summers at SXSW 2012 (more)
Eternal Summers at SXSW 2012

Roanoke Virginia's Eternal Summers will release their second full-length LP, Correct Behavior, on July 24 via Kanine Records. The band have just released "Millions" from the album which, deservedly, got Best New Track on Pitchfork. With barely a hint of reverb, "Millions" is the shiniest, poppiest thing we've heard yet from the band, a major step forward for them.

Eternal Summers, who recently reissued previous EPs and 7"s on one record, are also lining up summer dates, which include visits to Toronto's NXNE Festival (June 13) and Northside Festival (June 14 at Knitting Factory). Click through for all tour dates, plus Correct Behavior artwork and tracklisting.

Continue reading "Eternal Summers releasing 'Correct Behavior' (MP3), playing Northside Festival & other dates"

GZA at MHOW earlier this month (more by Erik Erikson)
GZA

As mentioned, GZA who just played MHOW with Bad Brains, will return to the Brooklyn venue on June 14 to play Liquid Swords in full, backed by Grupo Fantasma. That show sold out but GZA just announced a late show to happen at Music Hall of Williamsburg that same night (6/14). Like the early show, it is part of the Northside Festival and he'll be performing Liquid Swords backed by Grupo Fantasma. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/4) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/2) at noon.

Grupo Fantasma will co-headline their own Brooklyn show at the Bell House on 7/13 with Debo Band. Tickets are on sale.

A video from GZA's MHOW show earlier this month and all GF dates below...

Continue reading "GZA adds late show w/ Grupo Fantasma (who have their own shows coming up too)"

by Bill Pearis

Field Mouse
Field Mouse

It's late April, time for The L Magazine's annual "8 Bands You Need to Hear" list. Like always, there's a few you've probably heard, a few you've heard of, and a few who may be new to you entirely. Here's the list, with the artists' next next NYC area show (where applicable)

Field Mouse (May 3 at the Rock Shop)

Ski Lodge (May 24 at The Rock Shop)

Daytona (April 27 at Death by Audio)

Evi (5/3 at Brooklyn Bowl opening for James Chance)

Black Marble (May 3, opening for Light Asylum)

Starlight Girls (May 26 at Cameo Gallery)

Plates of Cake (No upcoming shows)

Ravens & Chimes (June 1 at WNYC Green Space)

If you'd like to hear these 8 bands "right now" there are Bandcamp streams for all of them at the bottom of this post. This year's Honorable Mentions list includes ">The Immaculates, Old Monk, Hunters and Trailblazer.

Also, The L Magazine's Northside Festival (June 14 - 21) announced its initial 2012 line-up last week. In addition to GZA, Ceremony and Neil Hamburger (whose Northside shows we mentioned already), bands confirmed for the music portion of the Fest (June 14 - 17) include Of Montreal, Tinariwen, ?uestlove, Dam-Funk, Kool Keith, Chain & the Gang, Magrudergrind and more. Badges are on-sale now.

Click through for streams from all "8 Bands You Need to Hear"

Continue reading "L Mag picked 8 more 'Bands You Need to Hear Right Now', announced some Northside bands"

by Klaus Kinski

Neil Hamburger (more by Samantha Marble)
Fred Armisen

Speaking of those Faith No More reunion shows , it has been announced that America's funnyman Neil Hamburger (who opened those Faith No More shows) will be hitting the road with Duncan Trussell in June and performing at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday June 17th (as part of the Northside Festival). Tickets are on sale right now but get them now while it's on your mind (or you can try to get in with your Northside badge). Because you will forget, it might sell out, and your friends will have to put up with your belly-aching.

The great Hannibal Buress has his show in the front room that Sunday (and every Sunday for that matter), so for my money the Knit is THE place to be on Sunday June 17th.

All dates, including NJ and CT, are listed below...

Continue reading "Neil Hamburger schedules tour dates w/ Duncan Trussell"

by BBG

Ceremony at BV/POTR Thrasher Deathmatch (more by BBG)
Ceremony

For one night only, Mercury Lounge will ALMOST turn into a DIY show space when they host the previously discussed Ceremony show on April 23rd. Mercury Lounge will allow entry for 16+ that evening, allowing the venue to be battle-tested by tons of stage-diving underage kids. Violent Bullshit open. Tickets are still available.

The Mercury Lounge show takes place later the same night that Ceremony open for Refused at Terminal 5, and is now one of three NYC shows for the band. Ceremony will team with Screaming Females (who are on tour), Royal Headache and Magrudergrind (who play soon with Nasum) for the previously discussed (and now fully revealed) show at the considerably bigger Warsaw on June 14th as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets are on sale, or you can get in with your Northside Festival badge.

And speaking of Violent Bullshit, they have a new LP and are also scheduled to play Union Pool with Turing Machine in May.

Screaming Females and Ceremony also share a bill in Austin during Chaos in Tejas who are co-presenting the Northside showcase.

All Ceremony tour dates and the flyer for Mercury Lounge below.

Continue reading "Mercury Lounge is 16+ for Ceremony who are also playing Northside with Screaming Females (updated dates)"

GZA at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
GZA

GZA, who is about to play two shows with Bad Brains next week, including one in Brooklyn at MHOW on 4/18 (sold out), has announced that he'll be performing his classuc solo LP, Liquid Swords, in its entirety at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14 as part of Northside Festival. He'll be backed by by Austin's Grupo Fantasma like he was at SXSW (videos HERE). Grupo Fantasma's "psychedelic funk alter-ego" Brownout opens the show. Tickets are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/13) at noon.

GZA released Liquid Swords in 1995 as his second solo LP and first to come out after Wu Tang's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). He's toured the album in the past and recently performed it again at Rock the Bells 2011. The videos for "Cold World" and "Shadowboxin" off Liquid Swords are below.

GZA and RZA (who produced Liquid Swords) have been planning a sequel to Liquid Swords which continues to be postponed, but GZA plans to release a different new album, titled Dark Matter, this year.

In other hip hop news, Schoolboy Q is in NYC to play SOB's tonight (4/11).

All dates and videos below...

Continue reading "GZA playing 'Liquid Swords' in Brooklyn backed by Grupo Fantasma (like he was at SXSW)"

by BBG

Ben Verellen with Helms Alee at The Charleston (more by Markus Shaffer)
Helms Alee

Stoked to announce that BrooklynVegan and Brutal Panda have teamed up to present a rare reunion of Harkonen who will head out on a short string of East Coast dates! The shows will be their first on the east side since their dissolution in 2005, and feature supporting appearances from The Atlas Moth and Whores on all dates. The tour kicks off in Boston at Middle East on June 14th (with special guest Zozobra) before moving to NYC at Union Pool on June 15th with a special guest (TBA). The tour concludes the next day in Philadelphia (on 6/16) as part of a show with Ladder Devils.

The NYC date is an official BrooklynVegan/Brutal Panda Northside Festival showcase. Tickets are on sale OR you can get in with your Northside badge (details forthcoming). Stay tuned for other BV Northside events too.

Tour flyer and some video below....

Continue reading "Harkonen reunites for East Coast dates, including a BV/Brutal Panda Northside Festival showcase!"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Royal Headache - "Girls" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Royal Headache - "Down The Lane" (MP3)

Royal Headache

Aussies Royal Headache, who were last here in 2011, are coming back to US shores for a string of dates that will include Chaos in Tejas and a pair of NYC shows: Cake Shop on June 13th and an unspecified Northside Festival show the next day (June 14th, a Chaos in Tejas/Fun Fun Fun Fest collaboration). Full list of dates is below.

Royal Headache are preparing a stateside release of their debut LP, due on May 8th via What's Your Rupture? Records. The band have a pop-inflected punk sound akin to Buzzcocks and The Jam meets The Kinks, but with stellar R&B vocals that recall Paul Weller. Download "Girls" above and stream "Down The Lane" and "Really in Love" below beside all tour dates....

Continue reading "Royal Headache releasing LP in May, touring the US right after"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Thee Oh Sees fun @ Brooklyn Bowl
Thee Oh Sees

As previously mentioned (more than once) (three times at least), Thee Oh Sees and Total Control are on tour together and playing DIY great 285 Kent (TONIGHT - 11/17) and posher Manhattan locale Le Poisson Rouge (Friday - 11/18).

Total Control also played a show at Saint Vitus last night with the Men. We don't have pictures from that one, but here is an older set from when Thee Oh Sees were last here in June to play the Northside Festival. They continue below...

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees are here! ----- some old live pics to celebrate"

Northside Festival 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Northside

"Next Summer is closer than you think; We've got the dates of next year's Northside Festival, so get out your calendar and make sure you're in the market for a staycation on JUNE 14-17, 2012."

photos by Jessica Amaya

Beirut @ Northside Festival
Beirut

Beirut is currently on tour in support of the release of the upcoming album The Rip Tide (album art below), which is available for pre-order. That tour has been expanded and now includes two NYC dates at Terminal 5 on September 21 and 22. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon.

Beirut's last NYC show was in McCarren Park with Sharon Van Etten and Yellow Ostrich as part of the Northside Festival. We already talked about that, but here's a second set of pictures from the event in this post.

The rest of those pictures, all tour dates and Rip Tide album art below...

Continue reading "Beirut announces tour, two nights at Terminal 5 (updated dates, new LP art & another set of Northside show pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Eleanor Friedberger & band @ Europa
Eleanor Friedberger

After checking out Guided By Voices earlier in the day, Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger played Europa instead of St. Cecilia's Church on Saturday (6/18) as part of the Northside Festival. The show was opened by Ida, Rebecca Gates, and Spectre Folk. To make that lineup even more exciting, Ted Leo showed up as a secret guest to perform a set right before Eleanor (the second time Ted played Europa in less than a month). Bradford Cox was among the Northside attendees at the Brooklyn show which is pictured in this post.

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Ted Leo @ Europa
Ted Leo

If you missed Ted at Europa, catch him as a special guest again on Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen at Littlefield this Monday (6/27). He also plays a free 4Knots Fest kickoff show at Seaport on July 9. He won't be at the actual 4Knots Fest, but Eleanor will (and, as announced today, so will Mr. Dream, the band featuring ex-Village Voice writer Nick Sylvester).

Back in February Eleanor took part in a Loser's Lounge tribute to Queen show at Joe's Pub. Backed by an 8+ member ensemble, she got her Freddie Mercury on to "You're My Best Friend". Check out the video, and more pictures from the Northside show below...

Continue reading "Eleanor Friedberger played Europa w/ secret guest Ted Leo, Ida & Rebecca Gates (pics), covered Queen @ Joe's Pub (video)"

photos by Jessica Amaya, wordsy by Rachel Kowal

Twin Sister @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Twin Sister

The last two nights of Northside were decent, if not a bit predictable. Though I was curious about Kelly Pratt (Arcade Fire/Beirut)'s new band Bright Moments (they played their first show at the Luaka Bop showcase), I decided to play it safe on Saturday night and headed over to the Music Hall of Williamsburg where I was familiar with the last three artists on the bill.

Somehow, the venue was actually running ahead of schedule, leaving me with only one song from the peppy Brooklyn collective Ava Luna. Luckily, I got my fix of group vocals from the next band, London's Allo Darlin'. The mood in the room (both on stage and off) was lively. As if attempting to match the vibrant performance, a number of people near the front of the floor danced enthusiastically (or rather, jumped up and down) for the entirety of the set. The band dedicated one song to Clarence Clemons who passed away earlier that night.

Twin Sister rounded out the evening. With vocalist Andrea Estella's shifting persona, you never really know what you're going to get. This time, Estella was decked out in a long white wig, oversized glasses (sans lenses), and a demure white button-up blouse, complete with matching bowtie. Whether the changing aesthetic is driven by a shyness or confidence is unclear, but it seems to be in keeping with her dramatic and affected vocals.

Toward the mid-section of their set, Twin Sister showcased a handful of songs from their upcoming album, due out in September on Domino. With the combination of charming low-key songs and funkier electro-pop songs, like the new single "Bad Street," the Brooklyn group can sometimes feel a bit schizophrenic to me, but they handled the shifting tempos in their set like pros. After a few punchier songs, nearly everyone in the band cleared the stage save for Eric Cardona and Estella, who stayed on to play a couple of their quieter and more intimate songs, including the lovely "Nectarine" and one from their upcoming album. Far from making the audience lose interest, these were the portions of the show that seemed to garner the most applause.

Mount Eerie @ St. Cecilia's Church (this photo by Michael Barron)
Spectre Folk

After a string of nights traipsing between venues and navigating the particularly unkind MTA service changes, Northside concluded where it began for me - in St. Cecilia's Church.

Though it was definitely Mount Eerie that sold me on the show, one of the biggest surprises of the long weekend was the first opener, Wyrd Visions. The set-up was simple - just a guy and his guitar, but within seconds of starting to play, the crowd was locked in a silent reverence.

With his hair slicked back and white collar shirt, Colin Bergh serenaded crowd with his long, melodious instrumental interludes and soothing vocals. Though I had never heard his music before, it somehow seemed both comfortingly familiar and organic. What better opener for Mount Eerie than a man who sings of things like ghosts and nature? The setting of the church only added to Bergh's stark mystique.

Up next was Nicholas Krgovich who played his own set before joining Phil Elverum for the main act. In his SADE t-shirt, Krgovich paced around the small space, clutching two mics and singing over samples of sultry saxes and hip hop beats. After a few songs, he was joined by Katie Eastburn who lent her vocal talents for a handful of songs, including a cover of the Prefab Sprout song, "Doo Wop in Harlem."

By the time Mount Eerie began, the church had filled out nicely. As a longtime Phil Elverum fan, I was eager to learn what had made the set list, but from a brief conversation with Elverum before the show, I knew not to expect anything too old. The show began and ended with songs from the darker and heavier album Wind's Poem ("Wind Speaks" and "Stone's Ode," respectively). Sandwiched in the middle were even newer songs that Elverum told me hadn't yet been recorded.

Even though he didn't delve too far back into the discography, I was still on the edge of my seat for every song... and yes, a bit heart broken that there was no encore. Whether a product of my ever diminishing attention span or the quickly changing music scene, much of what I listen to has a pitifully short shelf life. Elverum's music is one of the only things that I've held onto year after year, even as he turned in his hushed, lo-fi recordings and ventured into more metal territory. In stark contrast to the "ironic" bullshit that seems to drive some of today's trends, there is something in Elverum's steady voice and calm, down-to-earth demeanor that deeply resonates with me and reminds me why I fell in love with music in the first place.

My only gripe of the evening (apart from the brevity of Elverum's set, of course) is that I didn't have enough money to purchase both The Glow, pt. 2 on vinyl and some music from Wyrd Visions.

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No mmore pictures from the Mount Eeerie show (which happened at the same time as YACHT and Deervana), but more pictures from Twin Sister/Allo Darlin, below...

Continue reading "Twin Sister, Allo Darlin', Mount Eerie, Wyrd Visions & more (Northside Fest pics & review)"

photos by Diana Wong

DOWNLOAD: Junior Boys - "A Truly Happy Ending" (Diamond Rings Remix) (MP3)

Diamond Rings @ Europa
Diamond Ringsl

Speaking of Diamond Rings, they've been announced as the opener on the previously discussed Twin Shadow tour which hits Maxwell's on September 6 and Webster Hall on October 7. Tickets go on sale Thursday (6/23) at 9 PM for the Maxwell's show and Friday (6/24) at noon for the Webster Hall show.

Diamond Rings, who recently signed to Astralwerks, re-released his debut Special Affections on the label today (6/21). In light of the reissue, the album is currently streaming on Spinner.

Diamond Rings also keeps busy making remixes. We just posted one he did for Handsome Furs. Above you can grab a new one he did for Junior Boys.

Diamond Rings just played a Northside Festival show on Sunday with Porcelain Raft and Bell. Pictures from that show continue, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Diamond Rings played Europa w/ Bell & Porcelain Raft (pics), remixed Junior Boys (MP3), touring w/ Twin Shadow (dates)"