Entries tagged with: northside festival
Mykki Blanco recently announced that he'd no longer be rapping, but that doesn't mean he's not performing at all. Not long ago, he gave a spoken word performance called Baby Steps: How to heal yourself from everyday Psychic Poisons or Repentance for Dummies, and uploaded video along with the following statement:
Most people are familiar with my work in rap music and so may not be aware of my background in theater, acting and writing.You can watch the performance below. No word yet what exactly Mykki's future performances will be, but he did just schedule a free NYC show happening August 22 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway Beach location that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are now booking. Other artists TBA for that show.
Last summer I participated in a writing residency at Galeria zé dos bois in Lisbon Portugal. Most of my theatrical and spoken performances have been very ephemeral, connected to either larger events or apart of lectures and panel discussions and have not been filmed. But I am happy to share with you here in its entirety my solo performance.
Mykki's old friend from the rap days, Le1f, also announced a new NYC show today. He plays the POP Montreal Northside Festival showcase happening June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl with Princess Nokia and DJ HVAD. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.
Le1f's most recent single is a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter." Listen to that, with the Mykki Blanco videos, below...
Bell Witch - 'Four Phantoms' artwork
The day 1 lineup includes Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit, Mitski and Dreamcrusher. Tickets are on sale.
And day 2 is Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase (their metal column), and that one features Bell Witch, Akitsa, Alberich and special guests. Tickets are on sale for that one too. Flyers for both, below.
Gun Outfit, who haven't been in NYC in a while, were also recently announced for another Northside showcase. They play the Wharf Cat Records showcase on June 13 at Shea Stadium with The Ukiah Drag, Sediment Club, Ancient Sky and Psychic Blood. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Gun Outfit and Ukiah Drag also both play Berserktown in LA.
Bell Witch recently released their newest album, Four Phantoms. Stream that, with the Pitchfork flyers, below...
Xiu Xiu has already been having a pretty busy year. He made an album with Merzbow, a song with Zola Jesus and Former Ghosts, and played a collaborative NYC show with Mantra Percussion. He's got more tour dates coming up, including a return to NYC which will be a more traditional show.
He plays a Northside Festival show on June 13 at Palisades, which has solid local support from Bottoms and Eula. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon, and you can also try to get in using a Northside badge.
Zola Jesus has a Northside show too. All Xiu Xiu dates are listed below...
photo by Alex de Mora
Fuck Buttons member Benjamin John Power, aka Blanck Mass, is releasing his noisy/electronic new album, Dumb Flesh, next week (5/12) via Sacred Bones. Head below to stream it in full ahead of its release.
Blanck Mass also has tour dates coming up, including two Brooklyn shows during the Northside Festival. The first is a headlining midnight show at Saint Vitus on Saturday, June 13 (tickets), and then he opens the Zola Jesus show happening Sunday, June 14 at Warsaw. Another noisy electronic musician, Container, plays first. Tickets are still available.
All Blanck Mass dates are listed, with the new album stream, below...
photos: Girl Band @ BVSXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ireland's brash, loud Girl Band, who visited in March around SXSW, will be heading back to North America for a tour in June. They'll spend part of that opening for Viet Cong, including both Northside Fest shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, both of which are sold out. (You can still try and get in with a Northside badge.) Additionally, Girl Band will also play Brooklyn's Rough Trade on June 25. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon.
All dates are listed below..
photo: Against Me! at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew that one of the 2015 Northside Festival shows would have Against Me! but the venue for that remained unannounced for over a month. Now we know they're playing one of the free shows in McCarren Park that happen this year all four days of Northside, June 11-14.
Against Me! play June 13, and one day prior it's The Very Best and Heems (6/12). Stay tuned for the 6/11 and 6/14 lineups. The shows are free, but RSVP is required, and you can RSVP for Very Best/Heems HERE and for Against Me! HERE. Even with RSVP, admission is first come, first served, but you're guaranteed entry if you have a Premium or Music Badge.
Heems plays another free NYC show on May 1 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Michael Christmas, Pills, ZZZs and Iyez.
And a few other Northside updates:
The legendary DJ Premier is playing a live full-band show at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. Tickets are on sale.
Self Defense Family, Wildhoney and Somerset Thrower play the Iron Pier showcase at Acheron on June 13 (tickets).
Holly Miranda plays Knitting Factory on June 13 (tickets).
Shigeto, Michna and Lord Raja play Knitting Factory on June 13 later that night (tix).
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Guerilla Toss and PC Worship play Palisades on June 11 (tickets).
Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise play a midnight show at Palisades on June 12 (tickets).
Sun Ra Arkestra and PC Worship play the Northern Spy showcase on June 14 at Rough Trade (tickets).
You can browse our "Northside Festival" tag for even more shows, including Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill, Run the Jewels, Neko Case, and more.
by Bill Pearis
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.
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...
photo: Sleigh Bells @ Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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.
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.
photo: Zola Jesus at Webster Hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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...
by Bill Pearis
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...
photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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.
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...
photo: Best Coast @ Burger A-Go-Go, 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)
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)
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.
Best Coast also have a new album.
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...
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
photo: Viet Cong at Mercury Lounge last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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...
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
photo: Viet Cong at Union Pool last week (more by PSquared)
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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Viet Cong @ Mercury Lounge, 1/29/2014
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...
Ex Hex at MoMA Nights in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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...
Black Bear Bar only has 4 pics on Facebook. This is one of them
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...
photos by P Squared Photography
Beirut @ 50 Kent - 6/14/14
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.
More pictures, with a video of the new song and Beirut's setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Pink Baby
Operators / Little Big League / Motion Studies @ Baby's All Right 6/13/2013
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...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Titus Andronicus / Eagulls @ Warsaw - 6/12/14
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...