Wavves Grows Up, But (Luckily?) His Fans Don't

Last night, in celebration of the Northside Festival’s opening night, things got messy at the Knitting Factory– but not the kind of mess you may already associate with Nathan Williams (a.k.a. Wavves). I mean, of course, in that beer soaked slam dancing sort of way. And although some of his fans may not be on the path to adulthood just yet, according to his new band members the now frontman of Wavves, Williams, has quite possibly done some growing up [via]:

I left before Wavves took the stage after getting soaked in sweat scented beer (though the Village Voice caught me on the bright side), but let’s talk Dom and Cloud Nothings (and a live performance video that perfectly personifies them) after the jump.

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Williamsburg Walk Picnic Challenge

Busy weekend kids!

Both days of Williamsburg Walks from 2-7pm, the Southside CSA will be hosting a picnic block, inviting everyone from the community to join in.

On the 26th, will be hosting the “Williamsburg Picnic Challenge” http://southsidecsa.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/williamsburg-walks-picnic-block-basket-challenge/

Essentially, it is a picnic contest where each component will reflect a different ethnic group from the neighborhood.

$10 to enter; $5 goes towards the cash prize/ $5 will go the the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen.

Take Back the Twilight Vampire Walk & Rally


- Remember when vampires didn’t glitter?

- Like vampires better when they were eating teenagers not dating them?

- Think Twilight sucks (but not in the good way)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this is your chance to do something about it. This is your chance to Take Back The Twilight.

WHAT: Take Back The Twilight Vampire Walk & Rally

WHERE: Meet at Union Square NYC

WHEN: Saturday, June 26th at 9:00pm

The walk will be followed by a free Anthology Film Archives screening of a new vampire show from the guys behind Ask A Ninja. The event will wrap up with an afterparty at Luca Lounge with FREE beer from midnight to 1am and $3 “blood” shots.

…so liking True Blood is alright? Also, when is there going to be a zombie backlash?

Ryan McGinley's "Daringly Spiritual New Film"

I feel you, McGinley– sometimes I wanna throw glass bottles at models’ heads too. Whoever can tell us who soundtracks the film (in the comments) gets a present! [Via]

Northside Filmfest Kicks Off With NY Story at indieScreen

The Imperialists are Still Alive!

In addition to the incredible lineup of bands that graced the stage last night for the first night of the Northside Festival, the Northside Filmfest also kicked off, at a beautiful new space on Kent Ave. called indieScreen.

Hosted by indieWIRE, Zeina Durra’s The Imperialists are Still Alive! (a title yanked from a Godard line) was a Sundance fave and brought a full house last night.

The story is about Asya, a Lebanese/French New Yorker who lives the bourgeois artist/model life while still keeping ties to the Middle Eastern community. When Israel’s war on Lebanon breaks out, her brother’s life is in danger and she is constantly awaiting his fate. At the same time, she begins a romance with a wealthy ex-pat from Mexico. Nothing much happens in the story, but Durra draws us into dramatic tensions in the lives of the Soho cognoscenti with a beautiful attention to those little familiar subjective experiences of living in New York.

You can find the full Northside Filmfest schedule here.

Who Wants Tickets To See A.A. Bondy at Newton Barge Park!?

We know, we know… you do!! Well, today is your lucky day it seems because we have a pair of tickets for one lucky reader. By now this should be second nature to you guys since we give away tickets like woah– head over to our Facebook page, comment on the contest thread, and BOOM! those tickets may be yours.

This Northside Festival show starts at 1:30pm on Sunday the with ARMS followed by A.A. Bondy and Elvis Perkins in Dearland, and tickets are still on sale for those of you with bad luck.

And after an afternoon of laid back jams on the Greenpoint waterfront, head over to the FREEwilly showcase at Brooklyn Bowl because in case you haven’t heard, it’s pretty much the best ever.

PIC: FREEwilly Showcase Signage at Brooklyn Bowl

Just a pic of signage for our showcase up on the wall at Brooklyn Bowl! Awesome…

Glass Ghost Want You To Feel Uncomfortable, Play FREEwilly Northside Showcase

Listening to new music that, “can’t be defined by conventional music genres” can often be a taxing chore– like brushing your teeth after a night of binge drinking. The music feels foreign and you’re stimulated by so many elements that you can’t even figure out if you’re enjoying this listening experience. Although duo Glass Ghost combines diverse genres together, their music feels interesting and provocative on the first listen allowing you to immediately dissect and delve deeper into their sound.

Glass Ghost backs lead singer Eliot Krimsky‘s dynamic falsetto with rich and big sounds inspired by hip hop, R&B, electronic, and swelling rock. Most would assume the juxtaposed fragile voice and rich music would compete with (or detract from) one another but in Glass Ghost’s case, the sound surprisingly becomes even bigger– each complementing and completing the other.

Glass Ghost will be playing the FREEWilliamsburg Northside Festival showcase at Brooklyn Bowl this Sunday, June 27th along with The Babies, Oh Land, Hooray for Earth and Keepaway! Click here for more details and check out the interview with Glass Ghost drummer Mike Johnson below!

FREEWilliamsburg: Your songs are packed with so many different variables– a dynamic and expansive falsetto, elements of hip hop and R&B, and a variety of electronic and percussive instruments– it’s nearly impossible for an outside listener to synthesize. How would you describe your music?

Mike Johnson: Well, when it’s working well, I feel like there’s a nice absence of fear in our music. And we’ve played together so much that we don’t have to worry too much about the more fundamental aspects of how our music are working and we can kind of play around a little. I heard someone describe a J Dilla jam as, “The Cosby Slop.” I guess I’m interested creating a kind of slop, probably not a Cosby slop though. We take the songs pretty seriously though too. We really try to respect each song and kind of let it be it’s own world. And we try to figure out where it comes from and what it’s about.

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