2016 Northside Music Festival guide

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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

pinkwash

I’ve seen Nada Surf twice this week, so it has already been a successful one (You Know Who You Are came out on the 4th of March via Barsuk Records, get it!). The weather this weekend is going to be quite delightful so make sure you get out during the day before slinking off into the night for (mostly) DIY shows, a perfect combo if you ask me.

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Video: The Soft Moon at Saint Vitus

A couple of nights ago, The Soft Moon played to a sold out Saint Vitus. We are pleased to present the full set below.

Top 5 shows of the weekend

soda

If you’re reading this, congratulations on surviving another week. As a reward, there are some excellent shows to be seen this weekend, free of invented “buzz”, just hands-on DIY venues and bands doing what they love.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

expert alterations

There are plenty of options for Halloween this weekend, so we’re sticking with the regular format here this week, rather than fill it with bands playing cover sets or other such quirky seasonal stuff. No, if you’ve come this far into the week and still haven’t decided if dressing up as Pizza Rat is the thing to do or not, chances are you just aren’t that into this whole halloween thing anyway. Here we are with some options for those of us looking to keep it regular.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Julia holter

As enjoyable as CMJ is (see our review), being back on a more regular routine is highly comforting. Although as apartment heaters begin creaking back to life, the change of seasons seems to be taking it’s toll on immune systems though, so be careful out there and drink your fair share of hot toddies or scotch to kill all those bugs.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

kozelek

It’s the weekend before CMJ, so it would seem like a good time for a live music fan to relax and charge their batteries. However, this is one of the strongest weekends for shows I can think of this year, don’t consider this a top 5, they are all deserving of the number one spot.

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Video: Chelsea Wolfe played Saint Vitus

Supporting her brand new album “Abyss“, ‘light-sensitive’ chanteuse Chelsea Wolfe squeezed in two Brooklyn stops on her mostly sold out current tour. Freewilliamsburg is happy to present video of the entire show from the more intimate first night at Saint Vitus.

Chelsea Wolfe at Saint Vitus

Setlist: Intro 00:53 Carrion Flowers 05:40 Dragged Out 11:14 Iron Moon 16:50 Kings 21:29 We Hit A Wall 26:12 After the Fall 32:00 Mer 36:25 House of Metal 42:22 Moses 46:42 Grey Days 52:24 Survive 58:31 Color of Blood 1:05:15 Pale On Pale