Entries tagged with: Northside Festival
Marty Markowitz & Beirut & L Magazine staff @ Brooklyn Borough Hall
As you can see in the above photo, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was on hand at the press conference this morning, as was now-confirmed Northside Festival headliner Beirut. Tickets will be HERE. More confirmed artists below...
This Thursday, March 10, we would like to invite you to Brooklyn Borough Hall at 11am, where Northside will be revealing details of this year's festival, including a sneak peek of bands and showcase presenters that will be participating. Additionally, press will be invited to the unveiling of the first issue of the soon to be released Brooklyn Magazine, a quarterly publication focusing on the styles and trends coming out of Brooklyn today. Select members of the festival talent will be available for interviews.Rumor is that Beirut will be one of the bands announced. That also makes sense since Beirut is touring in June as you can see below...
Northside Festival will make its return to the streets of Williamsburg and Greenpoint on June 16-19, 2011, for a third year of music, film and art." [Northside Festival]
Oberhofer @ Public Assembly in June
Oberhofer were added as first-of-three opener for Autolux/This Will Destroy You at Bowery Ballroom tonight (Aug 26th). Tickets are still on sale for that show and for the one at Music Hall of Williamsburg (where Light Pollution is first-of-three), and for Maxwell's too (where it's only the two bands).
Oberhofer also has a show coming up at Monster Island Basement on September 17th with Small Black, Indian Jewelry & Total Slacker. They/he recently played a show at Mercury Lounge with Twin Sister and Memoryhouse, and back in June he played a Northside Festival show at Public Assembly. More pictures from both of those NYC shows, and all dates below...
MEN, a group of both men and women (some only partially dressed as you can see in the videos below), DO NOT play an early show at Bruar Falls tonight (7/19) (even though that's what it says on Bruar Falls' website. It's actually The Men - see comments). "Men" do play Saturday at PS1 though. Check out a bunch of videos (sorta NSFW) from their June 25th Northside Festival show at Knitting Factory, and all dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Fucked Up @ Newtown Barge Park
"Earlier [Friday], we sold out of our initial quantities of tickets and hotel packages for Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend, taking place October 1, 2, 3 at the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas. Said sales took somewhere between 2 and 15 minutes to complete, and we sincerely apologize to anyone who was stymied in their attempts to purchase tickets.One of the bands playing Matador At 21 is Fucked Up who played a Brooklyn show at Newtown Barge Park on June 26th. A second set of, slightly NSFW, pictures from that show continue below...
We are putting additional tickets on sale tomorrow morning (Saturday, July 10) at 9am pacific time (noon eastern) via Ticketfly. There are limited quantities of tickets paired with hotel rooms ($225 per ticket plus a $99 per night room charge, 4 ticket limited per person) a few remaining VIP tickets ($399 each plus a $99 room charge per night, two ticket limit) and weekend passes only ($250.00, no hotel reservation required, two ticket limit).
We’re pretty certain these tickets will sell out very quickly. At present, we cannot guarantee any additional tickets beyond this batch will be offered for public sale, but if that change, we’ll certainly let you know. [Matador]
Takka photos by Maryanne Ventrice
Ottawa group The Acorn's record, No Ghost, came out June 1st in Canada (and digitally in the US); it comes out in the US in physical form August 10th through Bella Union/Yep Roc. The record is the followup to their 2007 LP Glory Hope Mountain, and two tracks off the new album are above.
The Acorn will be in the NYC-area for a trio of shows to support that record, starting with a Tuesday, July 13th show at Maxwell's with Communipaw (tickets). After that they play the next night (7/14) at Mercury Lounge with the Loom (tickets) and Thursday at Littlefield with Takka Takka and Ola Podrida (tickets).
We have a pair of tickets to the Mercury Lounge show to give away. Details below.
For Ola Podrida, the Littlefield show is one of two NYC shows on their current tour which also visits Cake Shop on July 17th. They're out supporting their new album Belly of the Lion. Grab a remix of one of the tracks from that album above.
Takka Takka played a show at Cameo on the first night of the Northside Festival this year. A few pictures from that show and the contest and album info and all tour dates for all the bands below...
photos by Edwina Hay
Big Freedia & Azz Everywhere
Big Freedia, who is part of this summer's PS1 schedule, was among those who played Crust Fest at Public Assembly last Thursday. The Northside Festival showcase also had sets by Tayisha Busay, Dinosaur Feathers, Iran & more. Some more pictures from the night below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Einstein Music Journal: What are the challenges of being both the owner of your record label and an artist on the roster?Les Savy Fav played Newtown Barge Park on Sunday, June 27th as part of the Northside Festival. Rounding out the bill were back-in-action indie-rockers Polvo and instrumental powerhouse Grails. Earlier that day, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, AA Bondy and ARMS played the same spot.
LSF's Syd Butler: It's awful! But I wouldn't want it any other way. Thank God for Paul (label manager at Frenchkiss Records) or I would be submitted into a hospital. The big challenges come when I am in label mode and talking to my band mates about what is expected - as a label you want your band to tour and do as much as you can to work the record. My band has other plans - it's like herding cats.
Les Savy Fav traveled to Canada for a sweaty, close-quarters show at NXNE (pics from which are coming soon). They'll have a full tour this fall (TBA), but currently, they're back in Canada for a July 3rd set at Calgary's Sled Island Fest.
LSF's new album, called Root for Ruin, will be released September 14th on (bandmember Syd Butler's) Frenchkiss Records. The track list, cover art, more info and more pictures from the Newtown Barge Park show, below...
photos by Amanda M Hatfield
AA Bondy / Dearland
Four shows total happened in Newtown Barge Park over the weekend, all as part of the 2010 Northside Festival. We posted pictures from the ones that happened on Saturday. Here's the pictures, and some videos, from the first of two shows that happened there on Sunday....
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Amber of Jucifer is electric!
Jucifer's twitter bio describes their stage setup as "63 speakers + 6,000 watts can't be wrong." But it can be wrong; loud definitely doesn't always equal good. Fortunately in Jucifer's case, it does, and the band turned out Union Pool on June 26th as part of the Northside Fest (after Floor at Europa) with a molotov cocktail of doom, black metal, and general malady culled from their recent Throned in Blood.
Jucifer was supported by Reading PA's Gloominous Doom, who churned out an early potpourri of various styles of metal, venturing into punk and even ska. Unfortunately, no pics of Gloom Doom, but tons more pics of Jucifer are below, who are currently heading to the Great White North to test power grids with their bowel-shaking metal.
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
"Just drove three hours to get to Brooklyn in time to watch a forty minute set. Now were driving back. Floor was amazing #worthit" - MarkFMichael
Floor at Europa
Though a shade under a sell-out crowd, Europa was packed with grins on June 26th for one of only two East Coast reunion shows for stoner/doom greats Floor. There was a good bit of people who came into town specifically for the show, as Steve Brooks remarked on stage and in between bouts of crowd-surfing. ("I see a lot of friendly faces from far far away").
Support for Floor came from a trio of misanthropes: the incredible Unearthly Trance, Javelina and Hot Graves. Florida's Hot Graves specialize in a particularly playful (due to great on-stage banter) blackened thrash with heavy nods to Celtic Frost and Bathory. Meanwhile, Javelina killed the crowd with their sludge-punk sprinkled with killer dual-leads. I cornered one of the band members after the show, who said that they are three songs into a new LP. More on that soon.
Unearthly Trance directly supported Floor, which was somewhat appropro considering that bassist Jay Newman booked their last NYC show many years ago. Their set was peppered with tracks from the forthcoming V, and killed the crowd with spot-on stops and massive riffs. V is currently on pre-order via Relapse, but the band recently dropped a new split with The Endless Blockade on Chrome Peeler. Order a copy.
Currently, Floor has only one tour date on the calendar. They will re-emerge on August 3rd of this year to play Gainesville for the second time in a year.
Tons of pics and a video from Europa are below...
It was fun to close out the second-annual Northside Festival at Coco 66 with North Highlands, The Luyas, Savoir Adore and Gray Goods. Things got off to a bit of a late start but no one seemed to mind, and most people who showed up stayed the whole night. There was dancing, and smoke machines and lazers and everyone wanted to know what the hell instrument that was Jessie from The Luyas was playing. (Answer: a moodswinger.) Thanks to everyone who came out.
More pictures (of 3 of the bands), plus some really nice videos below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
"EVERYONE IN NEW YORK IS A BABE" - SLOWCLUBREBECCA
Slow Club @ Europa
I'm not sure why The Wave Pictures came all the way back to the United States from the UK to play just one late Sunday night Northside Festival show at Public Assembly the end of an exhausting and busy weekend, but I'm bummed I missed it. Anyone go? How was it?
And the Wave Pictures were one of two UK Moshi Moshi bands here for the festival. Slow Club was also representing, but with two shows at least - one was Friday night at Europa and then they played one secretish one the next night at Cameo. Jessica stopped by Europa where Netherfriends and Phil and the Osophers also performed. More pictures from that gig below...
photos by Marianne Ventrice
Drink Up Buttercup @ Berry Park - June 26, 2010
After unsuccesfully opening in time for the 2009 Northside Festival, Brooklyn beer garden Berry Park was able to become a show venue for the 2010 edition of the festival. And though I don't recall them hosting any shows there before this, and there's nothing on their schedule of upcoming events (not counting World Cup games), it seems that Saturday night's Flavorpill showcase was at least a success. Marianne stopped by to see Drink Up Buttercup. A few more pictures from their set below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Thao Nguyen keeps popping up, and each time she appears with a new handle. You may know her by her full given name, but you've more likely seen her presented as "Thao and the Get Down Stay Down," perhaps simply as the familiar "Thao," and in this most recent incarnation on a partnered tour with pal and fellow established performer Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (better known as just "Mirah"), as "Thao and Mirah with The Most of All"...That review comes from the June 23rd show at the Middle East in Cambridge. One night later Thao and Mirah brought the show to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The Thursday night Brooklyn performance was part of the Northside Festival and also had Chica Vas and These United States on the bill. More pictures from that one below...
...When Thao's not running around the stage or pseudo head-banging, she has an entrancing, distinctive hip sway as she jostles her weight from one toe to the other, bewitchingly marching in place. Mirah sports more of a bobbing movement, and cutely jams along to her own beats. Thao has a really distinctive, almost dissonant sound - her vocals weave away from straightforward melodies, but they draw you in rather than push you away. Mirah's vocals are a little cleaner and her albums a little more produced, but both ladies are fantastic live performers and as a duo toy with fresh ways to revamp each others' existing harmonies." [They Will Rock You]
photos by Jessica Amaya
"Omg twin sister on mhow sound system. Huge. Sounds incredible" - jenn pelly
"Memory Tapes was unexpectedly great last night. - Kyle LaMar
"Memory Tapes have the best visuals at northsidefest so far; they look like something from blipfest" - gimmetinnitus
"memory tapes & DOM were awesome at MHoW!" - ryan brodhead
"DOM were really nice guys, even if they did hotbox our shared green room..." - Zaza
Memory Tapes @ MHOW - June 26, 2010
"[Saturday] night was one of the Brooklyn Vegan showcases, featuring Zaza, DOM, Twin Sister and Memory Tapes.Thanks everyone for a great show. Those who missed Zaza's set, or those who want to just relive it, can grab the audio online now at NYC Taper (where they also have the audio of the WAVVES show at Knitting Factory).
I unfortunately missed the Zaza set, although heard from some folks that they were one of the better sets that night. DOM rocked it, with trippy projections on a big screen behind them (that would also flash "DOM" between songs, lest you forget who you were watching) and trying to rouse a chorus of "USA!" after they finished their song "Living in America." One poor audience member attempted to stage dive at the very end of their set, to be met with nothing but the cold, hard floor of the Music Hall of Williamsburg..." [Free Williamsburg]
Videos from Memory Tapes' & Twin Sister's MHOW sets, and more pictures from the whole night, below...
photos by Marianne Ventrice
"Not letting a little rain deter us from the excellent High Places/Fucked Up/Liars show at Barge Park." - jdye
Cults (who just opened for Goldfrapp), Male Bonding (who are touring with Best Coast in September) and Titus Andronicus played the early show on the "MetroPCS Stage" at Newtown Barge Park as part of the 2nd annual Northside Festival in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon (6/26). High Places, Fucked Up and Liars played the show right afterward at the same venue. More pictures starting with Titus, below...
Twin Sister @ Mercury Lounge in April (more by Bao Nguyen)
tonight in NYC
* Zs, David Linton @ Issue Project Room
* Apples in Stereo @ South Street Seaport
* Maxwell, Erykah Badu @ Madison Square Garden
* Anal Cunt, Bastard Noise, Communion @ Cake Shop
* Annie and the Beekeepers, The Woes @ 92YTribeca
* Floor, Unearthly Trance @ Europa (Northside Festival)
* New Bomb Turks, LiveFastDie, Exwhites @ The Bell House
* Blip Blip Bleep, Love & Logic @ Mercury Lounge (Early Show)
* The Fiery Furnaces, John Mulaney @ Mercury Lounge (Late Show)
* Jucifer, The Gloominous Doom @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
* The Golden Filter @ Brooklyn Bowl (Late Show)(Northside Festval)
* Tinariwen, Omar Souleyman, Toubab Krewe @ Central Park Summerstage
* Voxtrot, Yellow Fever, Ravens & Chimes, The Black @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Texas Tornados, The Red Clay Ramblers @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Posi, Serpenti, LE-LI @ Public Assembly (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* White Hills, Viernes, Sore Eros @ Public Assembly (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Afro-Punk Festival w/ Bad Brains, P.O.S., NinjaSonik, more @ Commodore Barry Park
* Ribbons, Forest Fire, World Atlas @ Bruar Falls (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* Liars, Fucked Up, High Places @ Newtown Barge Park (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Linfinity, Paul and the Patients, Bottle Up & Go @ Cameo Gallery (Northside Festival)
* Dream Diary, Shark?, Akudama, Beloved Rogue @ Matchless (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Reading Rainbow, The Beets @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Late Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Titus Andronicus, Male Bonding, Cults @ Newtown Barge Park (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* Leonid Fedorov, Vladimir Volkov, John Medeski, Marc Ribot & Ches Smith @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Black Hollies, The Nouvellas, Bad Girlfriend @ Spike Hill (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Bad Brilliance, Tayisha Busay, Chappo, Planet Rump (DJ set) @ House of Yes (Northside Festival)
* Gold Lake, She Keeps Bees, The Shivers, Cat Martino @ Matchless (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* The Pass, Slow Animal, The Zookeepers, Family Trees @ Glasslands (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Max Gabriel, The Hollows, Vandaveer, The Pass, Zapa Venu @ Pete's Candy Store (Northside Festival)
* Parenthetical Girls, Sam Mickens sings the Dead Science, US Royalty @ Coco 66 (Northside Festival)
* Class Actress, Violens, Psychobuildings @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn (Northside Festival)
* Gordon Voidwell, The Tony Castles, Savoir Adore, Brahms @ Brooklyn Bowl (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* Ava Luna, North Highlands, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire, Miniboone @ Spike Hill (Early Show)(Northside Festival)
* Drink Up Buttercup, Oberhofer, Grandchildren, Twin Shadow, Zakee (DJ Set) @ Berry Park (Northside Festival)
* Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, DOM, ZAZA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (BrooklynVegan Northside Festival Showcase)
* Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, Neon Indian, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Salem @ Milk Studios
* Fluffy Lumbers, Family Portrait, No Demons Here, Dana Jewell, Archers @ Bruar Falls (Late Show)(Northside Festival)
* Lower Dens, Dark Dark Dark, Matteah Baim, Frankie & The Outs, Total Slacker, Coasting, Union @ Death By Audio (Northside Festival)
Music for the Afro-Punk Festival kicks off in Fort Greene.
Check out Bill's 2010 Northside Festival picks for today.
Tonight is Voxtrot's final show EVER. At Bowery Ballroom.
by Bill Pearis
Zaza @ South Street Seaport in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Saturday! Let's just get this out of the way, there are three Brooklyn Vegan shows happening tonight. At Music Hall of Williamsburg there's Memory Tapes, Twin Sister, DOM and Zaza. Tonight will be my first time seeing Memory Tapes whose songs I do enjoy. Looking forward to hearing Twin Sister's sultry, ethereal grooves with MHoW's killer soundsystem. Saw DOM play for the first time Thursday night, they were fun: part '80s nostalgia pop, part old-school surf rock. They scored extra points by covering the Pete & Pete theme, though they got the lyric wrong: it's "dontcha talk back" not "does you're dog bite." It's ok, DOM, everyone thinks it's that.
There's also two Black Bubblegum BV shows, full to the rim with heavy dynamite. At Europa in Greenpoint there's FLOOR, Unearthly Trance, Javelina and Hot Graves. Then at Union Pool, there's a late show with Gloominous Doom and Jucifer. BBG can tell you more about those.
Saturday is another "just go anywhere and you'll be fine" type day. I feel like I'm just reprinting Northside's schedule here. Anyway...
Some day shows today. The L Magazine will present all of its "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear" over two afternoons at Spike Hill. Today it's Ava Luna, North Highlands (who'll play my This Week In Indie show on Sunday), Ball of Flame Shoot Fire and Miniboone. It's free, no badges necessary, bands start after 2PM.
There's also a day show at Bruar Falls that will give NYC their last chance to see the two bands Jenny Logan is in in one place, before she moves to Portland, OR next month. Ribbons, which she fronts, play at 5PM. You should definitely pick up their new EP, Love is Mysterious, while you're there. Jenny also plays bass in World Atlas who sound more than a little exactly like Belle & Sebastian. Sandwiched in between are Forrest Fire. The $5 cover includes free grub courtesy Bruar's back patio grill.
Today is the first day of the Metro PCS outdoor stage. In the afternoon there's Cults (1:30), Male Bonding (2:30) and current L Magazine (nice print redesign, btw) cover stars Titus Andronicus (3:30); at night, the hard-to-pass-up trio of High Places (6:30), Fucked Up (7:30), and Liars (8:30).
And a whole bunch of awesome night shows.
Lotta good bands at Knitting Factory tonight, one of the newest, nicest places to enjoy a show in the neighborhood. Violens, who are finally, for reals, about to drop their debut album, are on at 9PM. (Check out their new single, "Acid Reign," downloadable at their website.) Slinky synthpop of Class Actress is at 11PM. And late night at Knitting Factory there's Philadelphia's great Reading Rainbow at 12:30 and the Beets are on at 1AM. And in between bands your DJ is Jed of My Teenage Stride whose taste in '60s R&B is enviable. There will be dancing.
Over at Death By Audio, Impose Magazine has a great bunch of bands playing: If nothing else I'm going to try and make it there for Lower Dens (1AM oh boy) whose album Twin Hand Movements (out July 20) has been in constant rotation on my stereo recently. Also playing: Frankie Rose & the Outs (or if you're the Northside poster, The Oats), Coasting, Minneapolis' Dark Dark Dark, Matteah Baim and Total Slacker (whose Impose-released 7" has been slightly delayed, for those counting the days till its release).
Slow Club are the "very special guests" playing Cameo tonight. If you've never seen the cute UK, clear a little time in your schedule to get charmed. They're on at 11PM.
And out at Shea Stadium (the DIY venue, not the stadium...that would be the Way Northside Festival), Chocolate Bobka's got Ducktails with Big Troubles as his backing band, plus a set from Big Troubles (if you love '90s shoegaze, don't miss they're awesome), as well as WOOM and a bunch of other bands I've never heard of but are probably laid back and chill.
Like I said, you aren't hurting for Northside options. There's lots more going on, check out the Northside Saturday schedule for more.
There'll likely not be a Sunday Picks post -- I'm running around like crazy as it is -- but I'll say that if you're not coming to theBV This Week in Indie show at Coco 66, it better be because you're going to see The Wave Pictures at Public Assembly.
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Alex Reside
Wavves, Cloud Nothings and Dom all had the honor of ringing in the second annual Northside Festival at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn Thursday night (6/24).
Dom upgraded their band since last I saw them, with psychedelic video projections being mixed live on stage and a new guitarist, though there's still a pre-recorded backing track for some of the songs. One track snuck out of the speakers a song early, giving up a snippet of their ace single "Living in America," which the band jumped on. They stormed through that, then closed with their slightly bent cover of Polaris's "Hey Sandy." Their evolution from smooshed laptop pop to a working live band has pulled some interesting sounds out of the group. New songs (and some of the rearranged old ones) had a Man or Astroman-esque sci-fi surf feel to them, with Dom's trebly, effects-tweaked vocals chiming in.
At Dom's Mercury Lounge show a while back, there were some mildly antagonistic jabs at the crowd. Not so much here though in one inspired moment Dom announced that he would be giving away a copy of their EP, and then sang a full minute or two of a song dangling it in front of the crowd before flinging it over their heads. It was a non-musical diversion sure, but an endearing, slightly goofy touch.
Cloud Nothings surprised me with their smart, briskly-paced pub punk. Not a slow song in their set. The frantic drummer kept them propelled while the rhythm section's other half spurted out consistently witty basslines. Their proficiency wasn't the only selling point though. There were with plenty of hooks and sharply crafted songs plotted through the headnodding speed.
Wavves has always has a sun-baked feel, and new songs like "King of the Beach" embrace that to the max with an even poppier sound. Their drummer talked almost nonstop between songs, with free associating comments that repped Paulie Shore, called out John Norris in the audience (we all see and love you John), and generally made himself sound happy to have an audience. The crowd also had no reservations about taking the spotlight, welcoming themselves to the stage to one-up with dance moved before jumping into the crowd (you can see some of that in action in the video we posted previously from the show). One managed a midsong fist-bump. Nathan also crowd surfed midsolo, and then postencore jumped into drums and drummer. Both lay there a while, maybe hurt, until one fiending shirtless dude crawled up on stage (not for the first time) to dance a bit more and announce that they were in fact alright.
The official opening show's official afterparty didn't fare quite as well, after someone threw a beer bottle off the roof of the venue (Shea Stadium) and through the back window of a police cruiser.
King of The Beach, originally slated for an Aug. 3 release date, will now be available via iTunes exclusively on July 1, all other digital outlets on July 13 and the physical street date (CD / LP) remains Aug. 3.Listen to a mixtape WAVVES made HERE.. More pictures from Knitting Factory below...
Jucifer at Cake Shop (more by Justina Villanueva)
Northside is here, and that means that we are just days from the Floor/Unearthly Trance/Javelina/Hot Graves destruction party at Europa and the Jucifer / Gloominous Doom wrecking ball at Union Pool. The show is the first of many for the forever-on-the-road Jucifer, who scoots into Canada in early July and hits the west coast by August. Floor's NYC date is one of only TWO Northeast dates for the reunited Florida crew, with Philly getting their taste of that thunder string on June 25th (also with Javelina).
Hot Graves will be in town through Sunday, as the Florida band is scheduled to do a doubleheader with Occultist on June 27th. The party starts at a matinee at The Acheron with the great Batillus and a later show at The Charleston with Concussion. Full dates are below.
If you don't have a Northside badge, or you haven't bought tickets for Floor yet (still available... procrastinators!), don't fret there is still time to purchase both (no advance tickets for Jucifer), OR you can try your luck at winning one of FOUR pairs to Floor or one of FOUR pairs to Jucifer! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post, along Jucifer dates and some video...
DJ RAVVES (pre bust) (sheastadiumbk)
"Last night's afterparty for lo-fi pop punk phenom Wavves was over before it even really started. What was supposed to be an all-night hang-out at a D.I.Y. space in Bushwick marking the first night of this weekend's Northside Festival turned instead into a lot of freaked out standing around when somebody at the party threw a glass beer bottle at a police car, shattering its rear window and attracting a swarm of some 15 police officers to the scene.Another year, another Northside drama at Shea Stadium.
With that, the Wavves afterparty at the all-ages warehouse space known as "Shea Stadium" was over, and everyone who had walked over to Bushwick from the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg having watched the scuzzy three-piece perform either bolted, dawdled, or took position inside the venue to wait for the police to finish their work." [Observer]
"Saw Diamond Doves last night, Elvis Perkins' band minus him, they were really amazing. The Band to his Dylan. Somebody put out that record." - Carl Newman
As Bill reminded us this morning, Sondre Lerche plays Coco66 tonight (6/25). The show is both an 826NYC benefit and a Northside Festival gig. And as Bill wrote, "Sondre usually plays MHoW or Bowery Ballroom these days, so to see him in such a small venue will be a treat." Following that logic, seeing Sondre play Mercury Lounge on July 27th will be a treat. He's opening for his friend JBM who will be celebrating a record release at that show. Tickets are still on sale.
Also playing that Mercury Lounge show, first on that bill of three bands, is Diamond Doves who are "Dearland" when they back Elvis Perkins. Members include Little Wolf, Brigham Brough and Nick Kinsey. Diamond Doves played their first show on April 4th in Providence, RI with Deer Tick and Those Darlins and have since opened for themselves (Elvis Perkins) and Phosphorescent.
photos by Jessica Amaya
"I wish more nights would end with Au Revoir Simone
cooing a cover of Summer of 69'" - Wesley Barrow
Au Revoir Simone, The Hundred in the Hands and CALLmeKat played a Northside Festival show at Warsaw in Brooklyn last night (6/24). More pictures from the gig below...
by Bill Pearis
a day by day Week in Indie-like guide to this week's Northside Festival...
Northside HQ (freedubya)
When I was looking at the full Friday Northside Festival schedule, I was a bit overwhelmed by the embarrassment of riches available to indie rock fans tonight. I felt like writing "Basically just go anywhere tonight and you're going to run into a good show." Which is mostly true. If you have a badge, you can flit between venues and make up your own killer bill.
Some of these shows are going to be crowded though. Like I bet Glasslands will be packed out the wazoo for Tame Impala, so if that's one you're interested in you might just want to plant yourself there early (advanced tickets are sold out). Do they have air conditioning at Glasslands yet? It might get so hot in there you'll start seeing things, which would go well with those Aussies' rhythm-heavy psych rock.
You could also go to Death By Audio (which does have A/C, and now two working bathrooms) for a rock-solid bill of guitar-centric bands brought to us by Less Artists More Condos. The lineup includes voluminous duo Sisters and their giant stack of amps; the under-appreciated and poppy Darlings; skilled noise merchants Grooms; and art punks Regal Degal who I definitely think are a "band to watch."
Moon Duo @ the Big Sur Woodsist Fest on June 12 (more by Rachel Carr)
Moving away from the corner of S. 1st and Kent, the Woodsist Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg is kind of a no-brainer. That said, headliners Woods and Real Estate play all the time here. I say go early for the San Francisco triple threat of Moon Duo, Sic Alps and The Fresh & Onlys, then skip off to something else.
Moon Duo, an offshoot of Wooden Shjips, play two chord (at most) psych-drone not unlike Spacemen 3 or Loop. I saw them the last night of SXSW when I was cold and tired, not the state of mind I'd recommend experiencing them. Not that the cold part will be an issue in this weather. There's not a lot to watch, so maybe locate a seat upstairs and bliss out.
Sic Alps are back to a duo after a short stint with Ty Segall on drums. They haven't released anything in a year -- a long time for what was a pretty prolific band -- but that shouldn't hamper their live show, usually powered by a Jenga-like monolith stack of amps in the center of the stage. Their sound is thick and sludgy, but carefully prepared. It feels like a bog in July -- in a good way.
And I'm really looking forward to hearing The Fresh & Onlys with MHoW's sound system. While many of their many recordings have been decidedly lo-fi, these guys can really play and I think it's time they shake loose the "garage rock" tag that never really fit them in the first place. This is pop music. They are really a case of the whole adding up to more than their parts -- the whole band is great -- but if you go tonight, be sure to watch lead guitarist Wymond Miles. The guy is a genius and has a rack of pedals that would impress Kevin Shields. The sounds he gets deserve high fidelity. As do their great songs. I'm a huge fan, is it obvious?
Down the street from MHoW, at Cameo Gallery: Kanine Records, Wao Wao Records & Insound are presenting another great lineup under the venue's psychedelic Snuffelupagus. There's a bunch of really good locals (Dream Diary, Grooms, We Are Country Mice) but you might want to swing by to catch Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers who really impressed me when I saw them at Glasslands a couple months ago. Also: If you like the Pastels, Field Mice and all things indiepop, Dream Diary are your new favorite band if they haven't attained that already.
Madison of Dream Diary is pulling double duty tonight, as she is half of Coasting who'll play at Matchless as part of a bill curated by Georgia of blog Microphone Memory Emotion. Coasting's debut 7" is worth picking up, and if you're lucky you'll get a copy printed on lavender vinyl. Also playing are Family Portrait, Fluffy Lumbers and Bermuda Bonnie.
Over at Coco 66, there's a benefit for 826NYC (badges are accepted despite it being a benefit) with Sondre Lerche and Oberhoffer, plus a reading from author Shalom Auslander. Sondre usually plays MHoW or Bowery Ballroom these days, so to see him in such a small venue will be a treat. Anyone who's seen him before knows what a charmer -- and tunesmith -- he is. Plus, there's up-and-comers Oberhoffer who I wouldn't be surprised if they're playing much bigger venues very soon. Also there's an open vodka bar at 8PM.
Meanwhile at Union Pool, there's an early show (doors at 7PM) that features my new favorite band on Captured Tracks, MINKS. They've only got a single out so far, the Cure-esque "Funeral Song," which doesn't really represent what they do live. The six piece performing MINKS do have some Cure/New Order tendencies, but I'd say Felt is probably just as strong an influence, with clean jangly guitars and jazzy arrangements. Both times I've seen them live, my only complaint has been they didn't play long enough. Not sure of set time for MINKS, but there's not a lot else going on then, you can hang in the backyard of Union Pool and get some tacos from the El Diablo truck to recharge for the night ahead.
That seems like plenty for one night. A video from one of Tame Impala's sets at Pianos last night, below...