Northside Festival

Last year New Jersey post-hardcore rockers Thursday returned from hiatus and have been touring in steady fashion. They returned to New York again for a free performance at McCarren Park along with Toronto rockers PUP for the final day of Northside Festival on June 11.

It was a brutally hot day, but it didn’t stop fans of the groups from packing out the blacktop of McCarren. It resulted in some sweaty singing that was pure dedication from both the bands and their fans.

Find photo galleries of both Thursday and PUP posted below both bands’ setlists.
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All photos by Anthony Bauer

On the third night of the 2017 Northside Festival not only were we treated with absolutely beautiful weather for an outdoor show, but we were also treated with an amazing, high-energy performance from the one and only Miguel at McCarren Park. Miguel is still out in support of his album Wildheart which was released back in 2015 (via RCA Records).

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(All photos by Anthony Bauer)

On the second night of the 2017 Northside Festival, we were treated to a special performance at Rough Trade from Brooklyn’s own Big Thief. Not only was this a special show for Northside, it was a special show in that it was the unofficial album release show for the band who put out their absolutely fantastic new album Capacity (out now via Saddle Creek), which is bound to end up on many year end lists. Along for the ride and kicking things off were openers Really Big Pinecone and Mega Bog.
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Girlpool at Warsaw (June 9, 2017) [Northside Festival]

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2017 — with 1 comment

On June 9, I kicked off my Friday night of Northside Festival with a performance from Girlpool, the folk rock duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. They’re on tour in support of their new album Powerplant which was released on May 12 via Anti-. The show was put on by Ad Hoc as a part of Northside and was even live streamed by Pitchfork (watch the replay here).
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Northside Festival 2016 – Day 3 (Sunday)

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2016 — with 1 comment


(Brian Wilson at McCarren Park)
After a rather solid Friday and Saturday at Northside Festival, we wrapped things up on Sunday (June 12) in a pretty epic fashion.

We started the day with a interesting set from She-Devils outside at the Lyft Stage, and then ran over to McCarren Park for the big Northside show, headlined by Brian Wilson, and featuring support from Rostam, and Hinds.

We ended running into Hinds’ leading ladies, Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote, outside of McCarren where they were playing volleyball, and they were gracious enough to pose for an impromptu portrait. Their set was fun as usual, a good fit for a nice summer day. Next up was the first solo gig from former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij, who played some of his new solo material, along with some of his new work with Hamilton Leithauser. They were also joined by Angel Deradoorian for a memorable triple threat performance.

Finally the time came for the legendary Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson, and not much can be said about him that hasn’t already been said already ten times better. The legend and his band (which includes original Beach Boys member Al Jardine) ran through all the expected hits, making for one memorable night. Sure his voice isn’t what it once was, but getting to hear those songs performed during a beautiful summer night was something I won’t soon forget.

I ended the night, and the festival, at Baby’s All Right with a performance from Louisville rockers Murals, who I haven’t seen in quite some time. They quietly released a solid album with Violet City Lantern which was released earlier in the year via Fire Talk Records, who hosted the showcase at Baby’s. We also caught a little bit of Woodsman right after Murals set.

Find photos from the entire day, posted below.
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Northside Festival 2016 – Day 2 (Saturday)

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2016 — with 2 comments


(Conor Oberst at McCarren Park)
After a busy Friday night to kick off my Northside Festival, I returned to Brooklyn on Saturday, June 11, to take in a country-inspired triple bill at McCarren Park featuring Conor Oberst, The Felice Brothers, and Kacey Musgraves.

After that I went over to National Sawdust for a the personal ambient rock of Grouper, with support from the lovely folk rock of Yowler.

Find photos of all the performances we caught on Saturday below.
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Northside Festival 2016 – Day 1 (Friday)

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2016 — with 2 comments


[Jeff The Brotherhood at Music Hall of Williamsburg]

Every summer it seems that the Northside Festival is making strides to become even bigger than the last. This year’s festival featured some of their biggest McCarren Park headliners yet, with ticketed shows from Beach Boys’ legend Brian Wilson, Conor Oberst and Kacey Musgraves, and a free show from the recently reunited Wolf Parade. Not to mention all the variety of great club shows that took place in venues throughout Brooklyn’s ever vital Northside.

We didn’t take in quite as many shows as in years past, but we still took in a lot of great music, from both established artists and legends, and newcomers alike. It was another great time at the festival, and you can find my recap in photos posted below, with photo galleries, prefaced with show information. Be sure to also check out Bauer’s write up and photo gallery from his time at the festival as well.

Here’s our coverage of our first day at Northside, on Friday, June 10, where we took in sets from Jeff The Brotherhood, Diet Cig, Colleen Green, Bombay and many more.
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2016 Northside Festival MVP: McCarren Park

By Anthony Bauer, October 22nd 2016 — with 2 comments


Hands down the MVP of the 2016 Northside Festival was McCarren Park. The festival always has shows throughout Brooklyn but where the fest truly shined this year was with its headlining acts at the park. Not only did the weather cooperate, but there wasn’t a bad show there at all with an amazing lineup every single night.

The last few days of the festival were downright lethal with Conor Oberst + Kacy Musgraves on Saturday, and the 1-2-3 punch of Hinds, Rostam and Brian Wilson to close it out on Sunday.  Where else can you kick off a festival with Wolf Parade the first day and end it with Brian Wilson? Only at Northside. Take a look at some of the happenings at Northside along with some photos from The Felice Brothers, Conner Oberst, Kacy Musgraves and Brain Wilson below.

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Steve Gunn at Music Hall of Williamsburg (June 9, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, October 22nd 2016


Day 1 of the 2016 Northside Festival was full of amazing performances, and right after Wolf Parade finished their blistering set at McCarren Park, New York’s own Steve Gunn took to the stage down the street at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of his fantastic new album, Eyes On The Lines (via Matador) which came out just one week earlier.  It’s been one of my favorite albums of the year and I was particularly excited to see Gunn again as I had seen him earlier in the year when he had opened for Wilco at the beautiful Kings Theater.


I can safely say that the wait was worth it as he put on one hell of a show.  The songs off the new album sound absolutely lethal live, with an energy that just can’t be matched on the recordings.  What’s also so mesmerizing about watching Gunn play is also just how effortless he makes it all seem.  He is not a flashy guitarist, but he doesn’t need to be – he lets his playing do all the talking.

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