Monday, 21 June 2010

Tales From the North Side: Brooklyn Fest Returns For Second Time This Weekend

Last year, a pretty swell line-up kicked off the inaugural Northside Festival in Brooklyn's hipster haven Williamsburg and its less renowned, more Polish sister neighbourhood Greenpoint. Big guns like The Hold Steady and Asobi Seksu lined up alongside the rising stars of the borough - and further afield - in venues across the two areas. Well, this weekend sees the return of such indie shenanigans, with the  action seemingly spread across more venues and some excellent acts.

MP3: Titus Andronicus - Four Score & Seven Part I (via Insound
Taken from The Monitor, out now

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MP3: Electric Tickle Machine - Part of Me
Taken from Blew It Again, out now

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Some of the bigger acts this year include Liars, Les Savy Fav, Titus Andronicus, Wavves, and Smoking Popes, though the real delights will most likely be found in exploring random venues for the varied and exciting talent the festival has to offer. All the information can be found here.

To further sweeten the deal, the organizers are running a competition with all kinds of freebies to be won, from t-shirts and festival passes to a spanking new iPad. Enter here for the chance to be one of those smug bar stewards on the L train using this swanky new piece of kit to play solitaire. But, like, big solitaire.....you're right, we naysayers are just poor and jealous.
 
Taken from Burning Off Impurities, out now

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MP3: Memory Tapes - Graphics Remodel Edit (via Insound)
Taken from Seek Magic, out now

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If you're in the city from Thursday through the weekend, be sure to hop on the aforementioned L train - or even G, if you have the patience to wait - and check out a show or six. H-T-A will be all ears in the comments section here & on Facebook hoping to hear your reports.

Can't be everywhere, so shout up if you hear someone worth sharing!

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