I can now personally report to you the effect on the brain of three straight days and nights of manic sun-baked body-slamming and the occasional 3 AM audio epiphany that you will encounter at the Northside Festival music series. To continue the frying egg analogy, my brain at this point, is kind of like a ridiculously tasty three-egg omelette oozing melted cheddar and mushrooms. It’s a happy sensation.
OK, before I go jump a school bus and drive that thing to Tampico to go hurl empty beer cans at a ranchera band playing on a chicken wire-protected stage, I have a final obligation to you my readers to guide you to the best bands playing on this, the final day of music.
The /X/ symbol for each entry is a hot link that takes you to track previews, and today the description after it indicates the mental reaction I anticipate having during that particular show, which I’m sure you will track closely out of concern for my vanishing sanity.
/ WW / gives you the What and Where, and venue addresses are on the Northside app and also can be found here.
/X/ These crazy energized beats are great, but all this sunlight from outdoor shows is starting to hurt my head a little bit.
/WW/ 5 Williamsburg Walks
/X/ Even harder driving electronica beats, and I feel better being inside because I can lean against the wall. Wait. . . must dance to this.
/WW/ 7 Warsaw
/X/ This song is called “Shrub Fuse.” Wonder what that means. Figuring that will have to wait though because I just got pulled into the middle of a riot. Rock on brothers.
/WW/ 7:30 Cameo
/X/ No, please no more headbanging, my head already has enough blunt force trauma today. But the song is building up now and here we go again. Hey, this is kind of fun.
/WW/8:30 Grand Victory
/X/ Relief, this is bouncy and fun-loving. But they sound a little bit like Phish, and they brought that crowd with them and as I remember Phish fans tend to get enthusiastic and — uh oh.
/WW/ 8:45 Bar Matchless
/X/ This band just drove a dump truck into my brain. Good thing it was carrying only pure metal. Oh man I love being inside this tornado of sound.
/WW/ 9:45 Music Hall of Williamsburg
/X/ Damn this hip-hop booty dance hop track is fiiiine.
/WW/ 11 Brooklyn Bowl
/X/ I just realized my body has the ability to be at this show, and the other two 11 o’clock shows featured here, at the same time. But people at the Le1F show are wondering why I’m punching my fist in the air and moving my legs like a jig to Girlschool’s classic hard rock meets punk tracks. All I can say is, let me do me and you do you.
/WW/ 11 St. Vitus
/X/ This music is beachy, pop, and joyously dreamy. Wait, I’ve used all those terms way too much in these Northside previews. But damn it, all those descriptives are true. Wait, that is a coherent thought. My mind appears to be getting back to normal. A little too soon. A little too soon.
/WW/ 11 Bar Matchless
Adios Fest fiends and I’ll see you all back here same time next year. Or next weekend. Northside Festival might soon be over but here in the geographic Northside, the music never ends.