What Not to Miss at the 2014 Northside Festival

06/04/2014 4:00 AM |

Music Recommendations

June 14

Beirut

It’s been three years since Zach Condon released a Beirut record, and almost a decade since he first showed us his uncanny ability to soundtrack a moment, making it seem either sun-kissed or sepia-toned (which was harder pre-Instagram). (50 Kent)

The Dead Milkmen
A sarcastic and jangly aberration among earnest early 80s hardcore bands, the reunited Philly lifers are best known for their underdog MTV hit “Punk Rock Girl.” (Warsaw)

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Nashville techno-head Ren Schofield makes bludgeoning sounds that blur dance beats into metallics clangs, building strange repetitive structures out of chaotic noise. (Baby’s All Right)

Javelin
Sunny sound collagists George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk have evolved from the randomness of their first free-form radio style, becoming smooth, road-tested party starters. (Cameo)

Lust for Youth
The newest songs by Hannes Norvide, a Swedish expat taken in by the serious young hunks of the Copenhagen punk scene, turn a corner into a mope-pop pleasure zone that his earlier stuff couldn’t reach. (Baby’s All Right)

Marissa Nadler
Though she’s avoided adding a significant crunch to her sound, Nadler has now started working with metal producers more able to capture the despair that’s always been present in her dark but beautiful folk music. (St. Vitus)

Mas Ysa
From Montreal (with a lengthy detour in Brazil), Thomas Arsenault, a Brooklyn evictee who settled upstate, sounds understandably restless. His eclectic music gives emotional indie rock a skittering electronic pulse. (The Knitting Factory)

Pharmakon
A noise musician with real star presence, Margaret Chardier’s throat and lungs are as important to her unsettling compositions as a table covered in gear. (St. Vitus, Baby’s All Right)

Ratking
This rowdy New York hip-hop troupe shuns nostalgic beats for nervy, live-wire immediacy that feels as youthful as they are. (50 Kent)

Small Wonder
On his new record, Wendy,  Brooklyn’s Henry Crawford frames the Peter Pan story around his own unease, gently making the archetype feel new.(Trash Bar)

Thee Oh Sees
As insanely prolific as John Dwyer’s garage rock warriors have been, you can understand his desire to take a short breath. He recently cooled his heels for a couple months before reemerging with a newly lean, mean touring trio. This will be their first NYC show post-shake up. (McCarren Park)

Youth Code
LA couple Sara Taylor and Ryan George make disturbing electronic music that doesn’t reflect domestic coziness. They blend grody industrial influences into something raw and captivating. (St. Vitus)


Spotlight


Courtney Barnett

Casually conversational and deeply melodic, this young Australian’s songs have an effortless charm that’s hard to come by. Though she’s not yet gotten around to a proper full-length debut, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas stacks odds and ends up into a very strong album-shaped facsimile. Live, she’s rocks out harder than her slacker demeanor might suggest. (Music Hall of Williamsburg)


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