What Not to Miss at the 2014 Northside Festival

06/04/2014 4:00 AM |

Music Recommendations

June 15

Pure pop is a young person’s game, so hearing both a Britney and a Lana Del Rey influence in this London-based teen phenom’s songs isn’t too surprising (though potentially existential-dread-inducing among certain demographics). (Knitting Factory)

Guerilla Toss
This very noisy but deliriously fun Boston band sounds like broken robots dancing while screaming in disturbingly human-ish voices. (Baby’s All Right)

Eleanor Friedberger
The younger Fiery Furnaces sibling has become one of our best rock songwriters, her solo work a brick-built Greenpoint factory of smart and specific AM Gold.  (Brooklyn Bowl)

odonis odonis
Toronto’s heavy rock scene is thick with ear-breaking shoegazers, but these guys are more maniacally spastic and thus less predictable. (Warsaw)

Radiator Hospital
Philadelphia might have the most robust rock underground in the US right now thanks to bands like this one, which is basically the energetic wriggle of Sam Cook-Parrot’s heavy feels in action. (Glasslands)

The Range
An eccentric electronic producer from Rhode Island who pairs relatively straightforward beats with warped sampled melodies conjured from the depths of a massive Internet rabbit hole. (McCarren Park)

Of the stellar projects involving a Crutchfield twin, Allison’s Swearin’ rocks more than Katie’s Waxahatchee. In it, she trades sweet riffs and sweetly disappointed vocals with guitarist Kyle Gilbride. (Glasslands)



The lightning-quick rise of this Glaswegian trio, from striving club act to legitimately adored festival headliner, has been staggering to behold. But given the triumphant singalong quality of singles like “The Mother We Share,” it’s not really a shock. A key example of indie-pop’s gradual migration away from introverted guitar bands toward extroverted synth bands. (McCarren Park)

Fuck Buttons

Bristol-based vulgarians Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power make instrumental noise anthems that are bafflingly beautiful. The duo’s always aimed for an epic scope, but they’ve never conveyed majestic bigness as well as they did on last year’s Slow Focus. There’s not much metal screaming in their stuff anymore, and there’s less overt dementia, but the quiet horror that comes from pondering infinite space can still eff you up pretty good. (Warsaw)


Northside’s always had a strong focus on soon-to-break artists—tUnE-YaRdS in ’09, Iceage in ’11, etc. A leading candidate for this year’s breakout is Shamir Bailey, a 19-year-old pop prodigy whose androgynous high-pitched voice and killer disco loops bring back the thrill of spinning DFA white-label 12”s in the early 00s. A tiny Brooklyn room will host his live debut. (Muchmore’s)


In the past few years, dabbling in black metal has become something of a hip style choice for young bands on the move. The dark lords of Uppsala, Sweden, are not dabblers. Their shows are a grim spectacle, with onstage altars of blazing fire, faces slathered with corpse-paint, and buckets of real blood splattering an awestruck audience. What others could reduce to camp, these guys consider sacrament. (Brooklyn Bazaar)

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