We thought it was maybe, possibly, in poor taste for us to tell you which shows you should and should not go to during the Northside Festival. We think you should go to all of them, of course, but since that's not humanly possible, we'd have to pick favorites, which is just not something we're prepared to do. So instead, we turned to this year's showcase presenters and asked them which shows they're most looking forward to. Here's how that went.
Chrysanthe Tenentes, Brooklyn Based
I'm pretty psyched to see Elvis Perkins and AA Bondy at the Greenpoint waterfront on a Sunday afternoon. I saw AA at ACL a couple years ago and he's like a young, more strung-out Bob Dylan. Elvis Perkins did a crazy good show at the Bell House last year, folky but rockin'. I love a good outdoor show, and one I can bike to in the neighborhood is that much better.
Zach Hart, We Listen For You
Woodsist is one of my favorite labels, and being able to see Woods and Real Estate back to back is a dream come true. Woods' At Echo Lake is one of the best releases of this yeah, and Moon Duo, Sic Alps and The Fresh & Onlys are all solid bands. It's five must-see performances all under one roof for $15 or free with a badge. Can't be beat.
Georgia Kral, Microphone Memory Emotion
I'm going to recommend Titus Andronicus, Male Bonding and Cults at Newtown Barge on Saturday afternoon... Titus is one of the great rock and roll bands of right now—tight riffs, pop hooks and political content. How can you go wrong with that mix?
Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan/Sound Bites
I love Real Estate and Woods, but The Woodsist showcase is exciting for the San Francisco contribution to the line-up. The Fresh & Onlys are one of the best pop bands in the U.S.A. right now. Every new record they release-which you need a scorecard to keep track of at the rate they release them- finds them growing and getting better and more surprising. Plus: they are a dynamo live and guitarist Wymond Miles is kind of a genius. And don't miss Sic Alps, makers of superior sludge, on a rare NYC visit.
Seva Granik, My Open Bar
The show I'd recommend checking out is Frankie Rose and the Outs; her record doesn't come out until September 7th but mark my words: Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, Fader and every other music blog in between will embrace and trumpet it all over. But you don't want to wait for their word.
Derek Evers, Impose Magazine
It's a tough call, but I'll go with the Self-Titled magazine show at Glasslands on Thursday. Not to toot our own horn, but outside of the Impose show, that looks like the only other one that is using the platform to bring something different to the table. An oasis in a sea of the usual suspects if you will.
Michael Grimes, Earfam
I can't wait for the Pop Tarts Suck Toasted showcase at Public Assembly on Friday, both to see bands I know and adore (Dinosaur Feathers, Shark?) and others I've been dying to see (MiniBoone, Marie Stella). One-stop awesomeness awaits...
Supply & Demand Music
Definitely Public Assembly on Thursday—I can only hope for a Fang Island/Big Freedia collabo.
Graham Bishop, Seńors Music
I try to take every opportunity I can to see I'm Turning Into-their showcase at The Charleston with My Teenage Stride will be one of the best shows of the festival, without a doubt.
Consequence of Sound
The one show I'm most looking forward to is Titus Andronicus at the Metro PCS Stage at Barge Park. Think their new album kicks ass? Try their live performance.
Jeff Kilgour, Tijuana Gift Shop
Couldn't be more excited to see Nouvellas at Spike Hill on Saturday. First time I heard their voices, the hairs on my arms raised up and my heart fell hard.
Alexandria Gamlin, Flavorpill
I'm really looking forward to Gordon Voidwell at Brooklyn Bowl. He's a riot on stage, super dope tunes, and he's just new enough to still have to work the audience for affection, which makes his live performance something a bit special. Yeah...he's my top pick.
Ernest Jenning Recordings
Grails, Polvo, Les Savy Fav is a monster of a show. Also looking forward to Woods, Tame Impala (crap, those are at the same time aren't they?), Titus, Ava Luna, and I just found out FLOOR is playing!? When did that happen? Ooh, White Hills too. Do I have time to see all of those?
Will Griggs, Cantora Records
I'm really looking forward to the Crush show at Public Assembly on Thursday. I have never seen Fang Island play, but I have a feeling they make smile muscles sore, plus Yes Giantess are a ton of fun as well and good friends of mine from way back when. We used to set up house shows together in the burbs of D.C.
I want to adopt Reading Rainbow, then I can see Rob and Sarah play everyday. I can breed a super race of DIY indie rock beings.
Less Artists More Condos
There's a lot I wanna go to this year but I'm really excited to check out the Liars show on Saturday. I went to see them about four years ago and they really killed.
After hearing La Strada, Takka Takka and Blood Warrior on Northside Radio, I decided I'd have to see all three of them—and as it turns out they are all in the same showcase. My life just got a little bit sweeter