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04/17/14 3:30pm

Take a trip down memory lane as we check out past performances from the bands returning to this year’s Northside Fest roster.

The War On Drugs have come a long way since Wagonwheel Blues, their debut album that was the first and last to include Kurt Vile. While the latter has gone on to achieve solo success, Adam Granduciel and his Drugs have found similar fortune, releasing their third album to critical and audience acclaim. With Granduciel channeling the era of Dylan our generation was denied, it’s music that makes you crave a car and a smoke and a long drive.


In addition to a Northside Fest slot in 2011, The War On Drugs stopped by our old office for a performance on L Mag TV. Granduciel is joined by Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett and drummer Steven Urgo as they lay down two tracks in the inner workings of Northside Media (desk clutter, whiskey, wooden goose and all). It’s an intimate look at a band blowing up fast and evidence that the good dude demeanor on stage is no act. Pull up a chair, take a break from that spread sheet and check out “Best Night” and “Brothers” from Slave Ambient.

The War On Drugs play 50 Kent on Friday, June 13 at 7pm. Purchase tickets here.

04/16/14 2:14pm

Beirut performing at Northside Festival 2011 (photo by Nicolette Mason)

  • Beirut performing at Northside Festival 2011 (photo by Nicolette Mason)

Blockbuster season is about to kick into full gear, and Northside Festival is breaking out some big guns of its own. We’re pleased to welcome back two veterans to the stage, as The War on Drugs and Beirut return to break in a new venue for the festivities. The home of the former Williamsburg Park, 50 Kent is a 6,000-capacity outdoor space located at the corner of Kent Avenue and North 12th Street at the intersection of all things North Brooklyn.


The shows will also kick off the Northside Summer Concert Series, so stay tuned for further show announcements down the line. Catch The War on Drugs Friday, June 13 as they soundtrack your summer Springsteen-style and stick around on Saturday, June 14 to bask in Beirut’s flugelhorn haze. Both shows are all ages and rain or shine. Tickets for The War on Drugs are $20 adv/$25 day of and tickets for Beirut are $35 adv/day of. A Music or Premium badge grants entry to both shows on a first-come, first-served basis.

Not a fan of the great outdoors? Check out some of the 100+ bands we rolled out as part of Northside this year, including Talib Kweli, Albert Hammond, Jr., Eleanor Friedberger, The Barr Brothers, Perfect Pussy, Lust for Youth, Pharmakon, Benjamin Booker, Diane Coffee, Ava Luna, Yvette and Shamir‘s live debut. Get acquainted with the full lineup here.

Early Bird Music Badges ($65) are on sale now! Purchase badges here. Single-show tickets are available here. So many options.

04/07/14 12:51pm


Ever wish there was a bar big enough to hold all your friends, project your favorite movies and see some great music? We got it covered, as SummerScreen returns for its best season yet. Join us every Wednesday from July through August as Northside brings you its free film series in McCarren Park. Didn’t have the dough to catch Heathers on Broadway? Yeah, neither did we. Good thing it made this year’s list, along with Back to the Future, Zoolander, Cry-Baby and The Big Lebowski.


Did we mention the bands and booze? Todd P. and Showpaper reclaim curating duties as they select Brooklyn’s best for some pre-screen serenading. Local vendors will be available with food and drink as you spread out those blankets, kick back under the stars and take in the sites and sounds of the seventh annual SummerScreen. The final film is up to you, so be sure to vote for your favorite of this year’s candidates, including: Kill Bill Vol. 1, Jawbreaker, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Warriors, Spice World, Big Trouble in Little China and Mean Girls.

Doors to the park open at 6pm, with bands beginning at 6:30pm and movies starting at dusk. The entrance to SummerScreen is on the corner of Bedford and North 12th. Stay in the know on all the news, rain dates and updated vendors and bands at

July 9
Back to the Future

July 16

July 23

July 30

August 6
The Big Lebowski

August 13
Audience Pick!

A big thanks to SummerScreen super sponsors TOPMAN and Lincoln for keeping Wednesdays fun all summer long!

04/07/14 10:20am

Northside Sound is a series on the Northside Festival blog that features material from this year’s line-up of artists. Northside Fest runs from June 12 through 15 in venues throughout North Brooklyn.


I was friends with a very eccentric dude in college who wrote a rock opera. He works on an ice cream truck now and gives me free spoonfuls when I pass him on Bedford. Long story short, it ain’t easy writing rock operas.

If there’s anyone who’s entitled to give the genre a go it’s Titus Andronicus. Not only does the band’s name suit any attempt at the theatrical, they already contain a theme album in their roster, natural steppingstone to rock opera success. Singer Patrick Sickles has proven song and again that he is a writer’s lyricist, penning choruses that seem to achieve anthem status instantly. With song structures that have the rise and fall and beer fueled redemptive qualities of any good epic, this is going to be good.


“Fatal Flaw” is our first peek at material from the upcoming album, slated for possible release this November. Sickles has stated in an interview that the subject matter will deal with manic depression, which the singer has discussed living with himself. It looks to be a story made for the Jersey Holy Trinity: the punk, rock and emo that Titus, and its home state, does best. Here’s hoping a Northside appearance in June sets the stage for a second chapter.

Titus Andronicus (with Eagulls) Tickets Here (6/12 @ Warsaw)