Top 5 shows of the weekend

Glenn Branca

You don’t need me wasting your time with chit-chat, there are weekend plans to be made, this time we bring you some site favourites and something out of left field. Enjoy!

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2016 Northside Music Festival Review


Summer was well and truly ushered in this last weekend as the Northside Festival concluded its 8th year. With a 400+ roster of bands among dozens of venues, there was no shortage of entertainment; Free Williamsburg staff made a credible stab at doing as much as possible, and our thoughts are below – the best sets, what we sadly missed, and looking to the future. All photos by Chris Quartly

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2016 Northside Music Festival guide


We’ve had several failed attempts at summer kicking off this year, but the Northside festival always seems to usher in the season semi-officially for us here at Free Williamsburg. With a music lineup that breaks a whopping 400 in number, there is plenty to cram in over the course of 4 days, it’s not too late to buy a badge, and single-ticket shows are available here. While the laws of physics dictate that you can’t be everywhere at the same time, we’re here to help out with the suggestions of who, where and when (not to mention finding time for a beer).

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Okkervil River

You’ve still got a few days to figure out Thanksgiving plans, which you’ll need because there are plenty of spectacular shows to catch this weekend. Be thankful for all the great music you can see, family plans can wait!

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April Showers Us in Beats: This Month’s Must See Shows


I write to you from a coffee shop in Singapore where April showers are alive and well. No seriously, it’s fucking pouring here. I thought it was the dry season? And dammit, why aren’t we in a bar? I’ve spent the last two weeks in Southeast Asia, and I’ve learned quite a lot: 1.) Thailand has a deep love for Adele, 2.) I really need to invest in a backpack, and 3.) I’m totally okay with riding in the backs of strange trucks as a mode of long distance transportation. Seriously, my parents would smack me in the face if they saw the creepy white minivans that were endlessly presented to us as our “buses”. While trying to get to a remote island, I rode in one for about six hours sans AC and full of mosquitos. That’s Thailand, folks!

But for real, it’s amazing over here. The food is incredible. The beaches are unbelievably beautiful. The people have such an ease about them – completely different from the hustle and bustle I’m used to in NYC. And despite the fact that I probably could have lived happily ever after in the tiny beach town of Koh Lanta giving $4 massages and moving my ass to dance remixes of Set Fire to the Rain, I realize that what we have in our big city is actually pretty special. I may have a 19-hour flight, in which I’ll inevitably have to sit bitch, ahead of me, I’m excited to come home for a number of reasons, and one of them is all of the amazing shows coming up this month.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

diarrhea planet

I have to go to Boston for work this weekend, but that doesn’t mean I won’t treat you right. I will however, get right to it. Here are my weekend tips!

5) Alvvays, Kiwi at Bowery Ballroom
Having seen Alvvays play numerous free shows in New York in the last couple of years, it took me by surprise a little that they’ve not only upgraded to a venue like Bowery Ballroom, but they’ve also sold it out! It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise however, after the release of their self-titled debut album last year, which revealed itself as a an incredibly strong indie-pop record with a heartbreaking sound that bands such as Camera Obscura have given us over more recent years. Thursday 8pm

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Forecastle Festival 2015


UPDATE 4/8/2015

Forecastle has announced their 2nd tier of artists, and I have to say this is truly Christmas in July for me! Check it out:

The War on Drugs
ZZ Ward
Mariachi El Bronx
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Chris Stapleton
Lower Dens
Gabriel Garzon-Montano
Dr. Dundiff & Friends
Fat Tony
Earl Burrows
Jeffrey James

Lineups by day are now available, and daily tickets go on sale THIS FRIDAY on Forecastle’s official website. This is a perfect chance to soak up some southern hospitality July 17-19th in Louisville, KY!

Original Post 2/3/2015

Remember that sweet little southern festival I covered last year down on the Louisville waterfront? Well Forecastle Festival is back, and the lineup is anything but small. Heading the bill are Sam Smith, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse and the Ville’s (because that’s what we call it back home) own My Morning Jacket (who totally bring it every time they play their hometown). Though the festival skews toward mainstream and indie rock acts, Forecastle’s lineup is still exceptionally diverse with a balanced offering of establish and up and coming acts from genres spanning electronic, hip-hop, punk, bluegrass and more, with additional artists still to be announced.

Rock is king with bands like The Cold War Kids, Cage The Elephant, Houndmouth and former Wilco frontman, Tweedy, heading up the bill. King Tuff, Speedy Ortiz and the politely named Diarrhea Planet bring a punk flair to the kentucky-fried fest.

Electronic fans will be delighted to see acts like RL Grime, electro-funk duo Cherub, pop-quartet Milo Greene and breakout vocalist Keisza who wowed us with Hideaway before stealing the spotlight at literally every club this fall/winter with her infectious performance on Jack U’s, Take U There.

Hip-Hop fans have the pleasure of getting close and personal with Atlanta’s own iLoveMakonen, and Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. The hip-hop lineup is slightly lighter than last year’s, but that may just seem to be the case without a major headlining act like Outkast to pull the weight in one direction.

Shovels and Rope, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Sturgill Simpson are representing soul and country, reminding Forecastle fans of the festival’s lengthy roots and the path that has helped it grow from a neighborhood block party to a major multi-day festival that pulls top tier acts from across the country.

So, you guys are going to come get rowdy with me right? You can get your three-day GA passes HERE for less than $165, or get one of the cheapest VIP options you’ll find at $399.50 for a 3-Day VIP pass.  Wooohoo! Let’s see how Sam Smith reacts to the south!


Top five Halloween shows


I want to play a game. Your Halloween social life has been rigged to an industrial grade acetylene torch and suspended above a churning cement mixer in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in deep Brooklyn. There’s still time to save it, but first you have to choose: Do you attend a banging party or a heavy metal séance? A lighthearted covers show or a full-fledged costume contest? Pick more than one and what remains of your pathetic excuse for a weekend plan will incinerate, select none and it will drown in a watery concrete tomb. The choice is yours, but make it quick. The clock is ticking.

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