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This is the last time I will bother you about the Northside Festival, I promise. Not because I'm getting sick of writing about the same thing over and over again (I am), but because by the time the next issue hits streets, on June 10, we will be but hours away from the Festival's kickoff party at Studio B, featuring the fabulously weird Brightblack Morning Light and Mariee Sioux. After that, you're in for an entire weekend of awesome shit, from Sunset Rubdown and The Dodos to O'Death and Bill Callahan, not to mention The Van Pelt, Asobi Seksu, and far more amazing local bands than I can possibly list here. Four-day badges are still on sale and they're still $45. Go to to find all the information you'll need to make the most of the festival. Also, join me in praying (to, like, Pop Music or Joe Strummer or whatever) that it doesn't rain.

In other news, I hope you've made your way over to the newly redesigned, which makes our old site look like one of those Angelfire sites everyone had in 1994. We've got a new blog called The Measure, and it covers all the same stuff we cover here in the magazine, but now there's about three times as much of it. I'm good for a handful of music posts a day, plus a bunch about television. You should come pay me, us, a visit.

You want some show recommendations? I'll just say this: In the span of two weeks, you've got shows by Grizzly Bear and TV on the Radio with Dirty Projectors. If you're not going to see at least one of them, I should remind you that rent is way cheaper in other cities.

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