While Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, there’s something about the Northside Festival that really feels like the season is truly kicking off. With hundreds of bands and a few dozen venues to consider on the music side of things, it can be overwhelming, so we’d like to offer some sincere recommendations; who to see, where to go, and where you can grab a drink.
I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for this long weekend to get started. Festival season is already in full swing and if you’re not leaving the city, here are a few events I’m recommending for those Brooklyn bound. Starting tonight, Benoit & Sergio return to Cameo bringing smooth and emotive tunes with locals JDH (FIXED) and Justin Strauss. Over at TBA, Nurvous Records is hosting ex-LCD Soundsystem and Crystal Ark musician, Gavin Russom. If your going out on Saturday, Glasslands has a nice line up of Disco and House DJs including Alan Blancato, Son of Sound and a set from the group Escort. For more of that footwork sound head to Baby’s All Right for Traxman with UNO Records special guest and Sadaf. Finally, round out your Sunday with Eamon and Justin for Mister Sunday in their new Industry City location.
So the weather won’t be in the 50s like it was last weekend, but there’s still ample opportunity to party hard in various Brooklyn locations. Kicking off on Friday, Plastic Plates brings his brand of House/Disco to Cameo with Beto Cravioto and NY legend, Justin Strauss. For the more Techno inclined, you can find several L.I.E.S. Records artists at Bossa Nova for their ‘No Name’ party or the almighty Berliner, Ben Klock at OUTPUT for an extended set. Sliding into Saturday, experimental and psychedelic Laurel Halo takes the stage at Baby’s All Right for an Ad Hoc showcase. Then it’s a free all night afters at the Call Box Lounge with cheap-o drinks and tunes from several Brooklyn locals.
It’s a blog eat blog world. That said, one of the dominating music blogs on the internet is no doubt, Pitchfork. But if you’re anything into indie music, you probably reaped over the discontinuation of Altered Zones. Altered Zones branched off of Pitchfork, featuring the most underground music. Basically, the ones that weren’t big enough to make it onto the main site. Fans were loyal to Altered Zones and their logo empowered the lives of many. Some hipsters even tattooed the design onto their skins.
Now, the grievance of Altered Zones can now be rejoiced because founding members, Emilie Friedlander and Ric Leichtung have started a new project called Ad Hoc. With the same elements of their previous blog, here is their purpose ” a collective of ten tastemaking music blogs from all over the world, Ad Hoc is a daily destination for MP3s, videos, mixes, interviews, artist’s writings, and cultural commentary– curated for quality, and with an emphasis on emerging artists and musical movements that best exemplify the new grassroots, Internet-fueled DIY.”.