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This show in the park promises to be one of the biggest events in Northside history, and a pretty good dance party, to boot. And anyway, haven’t you always kind of wanted to see hundreds of people shimmy along to “Losing You” at the same time?
June 16, McCarren Park, FREE (RSVP required)
The first time we heard this band was in the 90s; we were outside a Tom Ze concert at Irving Plaza when someone handed us a Luaka Bop rereleased cassette single of “Baby.” Cuz, remember in the 90s when the psychedelic Brazilian music from the 60s known as Tropicalia had a brief resurgence (thanks mostly to an interest from David Byrne and Beck)? Well, that cassette single blew our minds, and we can’t wait to see them in Brooklyn all these years later.
June 29, Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park, $3
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Now in its ninth year, this multiday festival returns with headliners Redman, EPMD, Soul Understated, Pusha T, and Dizzy Wright. More artists and events have yet to be announced, but the ones that already have—including a tribute to Adam Yauch—are enough to have us psyched.
July 10-13, Brooklyn Bridge Park, $20-75
Belle and Sebastian
Stuart Murdoch is one of the finest pop songwriters of our lifetime. (Just gonna lead with the cold truth.) The last time his band played an outdoor show in Brooklyn, it was the best. Since they aren’t touring for a specific new record, this year’s Prospect Park show should have an even higher ratio of classic old hits. Plus, you get the added bonus of New Jersey’s finest indie-rock lifers, Yo La Tengo, their proximity to B&S making this show resemble a live reenactment of a mix-tape you made for a crush in 1998. Swoon!
July 11, Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park, $42.50
Odd Future and Meek Mill
If you can think of anything that sounds like a better, crazier time than an Odd Future and Meek Mill bill that also doubles as beloved Hot 97 DJ Pete Rosenberg’s second annual birthday show, we would very much like to hear it.
July 20, Williamsburg Park, $42