The L Magazine‘s 2nd annual Northside Festival is upon us and it looks like this year is going to kick our asses–in that really awesome “remember the summer of 2010!?” kind of way. The lineup is looking pretty “stacked” and we’ll be heading over to the Northside HQ soon to pick up our badges and pound some mid-afternoon beers. Remember, a badge will get you into a sold out show but you should arrive early to avoid the usual music festival badge holder shit show. Here are our recommendations, feel free to let us know what you’re looking forward to most in the comments:
CRUSHfest at Public Assembly had us at Sissy Bounce and Big Freedia. In case you’re not aware of the sweaty mess magnitude of this combination, let me just say that this many white girls shakin’ their asses at once might cause another earthquake. Both rooms will be packed with current faves like MillionYoung, Fang Island, Dinosaur Feathers, and Yes Giantess as well.
The L Mag is throwing a pretty rad ALL AGES opening night party over at The Knitting Factory with Wavves, Cloud Nothings, and DOM— unfortunately for most of you, it’s SOLD OUT. If I were you, I’d try to head over to Shea Stadium early to catch Hussle Club before the Pitchfork-hosted Wavves afterparty starts at 1am, with a DJ set by Mr. Wavves himself.
The Knitting Factory has the sweaty lesbian equivalent to a Sissy Bounce show tonight, with MEN (feat. JD Samson of Le Tigre, in case you’ve been living under the proverbial rock) and No Bra. We were promised cocks and cocaine, so obviously we’ll be there.
Tame Impala and Amazing Baby at Glasslands and Music Hall’s Woodsist showcase are obvious choices but we’re probably most excited about the chill-as-fuck Brooklyn Based showcase at Matchless– curated by the lovely Microphone Memory Emotion. If that’s not enough running around, you should probably try to see Grooms and Oberhofer too.
Finally, the bittersweet genius of the Pop Tarts Suck Toasted showcase at Public Assembly. We’re sad about the discontinuation of this venerable music blog (eh-hem, Patrick you’re welcome here at FREEwilly anytime), but this last hoorah is one that reflects a life of good taste. Basically, any band that you may be excited to see at Northside (but you’ll probably miss because of a scheduling conflict) will be playing here today. Stop by and show your love! RIP Pop Tarts, you will be missed.
Also, the Best of NYC Animation screenings may be a great place to find your next “nerdy-looking but probably hot in bed” missed connection… just sayin’.
We’re keeping the Pop Tarts love alive over at Glasslands in the afternoon
The Newton Barge Park shows kick off with Cults, who’s “Go Outside” is a perfect theme song to ride the free trolley towards the waterfront with. The lineup continues with Male Bonding and Titus Andronicus, then onto the evening show with High Places, Fucked Up, and Liars. Remember we’ve still got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the latter for one lucky reader.
Brooklyn Vegan has it on lock over at Music Hall with Twin Sister and Memory Tapes, while Chocolate Bobka will be bringing the usual Fisher Price microphone suspects that we all love so much at Shea Stadium. WOOM is basically amazing, while New Jersey’s Big Troubles has been playing soundtrack to my dreary surfin’ safari dreams as of late.
Stop by The Knitting Factory for Violens and Class Actress, or DIY it with Death By Audio for the Impose party. Either way, try to save some energy for tomorrow after this packed day of shows because…
Um, duh– the FREEwilliamsburg showcase at Brooklyn Bowl!! I mean, you know that if you don’t show up and we see you in the streets we’ll cut you, right? No… we’re just kidding. But seriously, you better be there.
Stock up on your Red Bull and enter the home stretch, you sissy! In case you forgot, and you’re too lazy to click the link, we’ve got Keepaway, Hooray for Earth, Oh Land, Glass Ghost, and The Babies–bands you won’t be able to catch anywhere else during the festival. $3 Heinekens and $4 SoCo drinks all night! RSVP here.
We totally don’t mind if you pre-game it at the Greenpoint waterfront earlier in the day though, especially since we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to see A.A. Bondy, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, and ARMS later on today.
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