I don't know why we never talk about the Northside Festival around here, but I'm gonna put an end to all that. As you probably already know, it's a four-day festival featuring over 150 bands at every single decent venue in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Bold-face bands include Sunset Rubdown, The Hold Steady, Bishop Allen, The Dodos, O'Death and John Vanderslice, but we've also got shows curated by all our favorite local blogs, record labels, radio stations and independent performers, and tons of events going on at the many, many galleries in the area Four-day badges are on sale now for $45, and they'll get you in, on a first-come-first-served basis, to all the shows, plus grant you access to all sorts of food and drink specials and private parties. Also, we just got official word that Bedford Avenue will be closed to car traffic from N4th to N9th, which kinda takes it to a whole 'nother level of awesome, no? Check out the schedule, buy your badge, and go buy some sunglasses.