What Not to Miss at the 2014 Northside Festival

06/04/2014 4:00 AM |

Music Recommendations

June 12

Saint Pepsi
A Boston kid who makes pop-disco cut-up tracks so giddy that you can pretend that the Avalanches never dropped off the face of the Earth. (Cameo)

Sharon Van Etten
A sweet voice and consistently heartbreaking songs made her a longtime Brooklyn favorite, but Van Etten’s latest record, Are We There?, has vaulted her onto a larger stage. (Music Hall of Williamsburg)

Big Ups
Herky jerky, post-hardcore thrashers who dance on the verge of completely freaking out and yet end up giving the impression that overall they’re pretty together.(Silent Barn, Baby’s All Right)

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
A one-time James Brown impersonator under the name of “Black Velvet” who now channels all that panache into his own deeply felt soul music. (House of Vans)

Brooding in high style, this young Leeds, UK, quartet evoke post-punk gloom while somehow sounding pretty excited rather than completely miserable. (Warsaw)

Live, the chemistry of singer Izzy Almeida and lead guitarist Derek Watson is palpable, volatile, a shower of sweat and sparks. (Baby’s All Right; also McCarren Park, 6/15)

Mac DeMarco
A boozy, young Canadian goofball with the old soul of a Harry Nilsson-type songsmith. His star is still on the rise. (House of Vans)

A doom band from deepest, darkest Little Rock with the fearsome heaviness, cathartic riffs, and popping vocal fireworks to justify the biggest bong rip you can handle without dying. (Europa)

Syd Arthur
Psych-prog warlocks from Canterbury, UK, these dudes do 70s jazz freakouts with flair. To top it off, their violinist boasts blood-relation to Kate Bush. (The Knitting Factory)

Talib Kweli
Since debuting 20 years ago, Brooklyn’s native son has become a critically revered pioneer of socially conscious hip-hop. (Brooklyn Bowl)

Titus Andronicus
New Jersey’s finest will momentarily pause the making of their next album—a 30-song rock opera about manic depression—to continue being unrelentingly epic. (Warsaw)

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