Northside Festival

Bedford Avenue Turns Into A Massive Block Party This Weekend!

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If you live in the neighborhood, you are probably gearing up for Northside Fest—a music, art and tech festival—which officially kicks off today. In addition to the amazing lineup of bands (here’s who we’re most excited to see) and 100+ innovative folks who will be giving talks, there’s also the annual block party on Bedford Avenue.

On Saturday June 10th and Sunday 11th from 1-6pm Williamsburg’s main drag will transform into a public park (Saturday Metropolitan Avenue to N 7th Street and Sunday N7th street to N12th Street). There will be temporary wall units for live painting, interactive installations and workshops, and engaging sculptures will be staggered throughout the blocks for the community to enjoy. RSVP on Facebook

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Northside Festival Showcase at Bar Matchless (6/8) Presented by Greenpointers, Supercrush, and Paper Garden Records!

We’re once again joining in on all the Northside Festival fun with our own official showcase happening tomorrow, June 8th at Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) starting at 8PM. RSVP here!

Here’s a preview of our line up:

Spritzer is “very much inspired by Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, with a little grunge and inspiration from Beck, 20th Century Classical music” (via Pancakes and Whiskey) Continue reading

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Summer Festival Update (7/15 – 7/17), and Northside Memories

Thinking of heading up to the mountains this summer?

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Some music festivals take a journey to see. For this weekend, here’s a suggestion for the Catskills but also a nice outdoor band line-up in Bushwick for those who prefer to stay close to the L train.

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Ironic Ironing, Free Citi Bike, & Film Favorites — The Hook-Up 6/17

Meet your local domestic hero. Photo: Sarah Francoise
Meet your local domestic hero. Photo: Sarah Francoise
This is some next-level Marina Abramovic shit. A Greenpoint dad is bringing his love for ironing to Pete’s Candy Store next month, offering to iron everyone’s clothes for free every Tuesday night in July.
 
Could Bedford Avenue be on its way to becoming a safe space for inebriated pedestrians? One local politician is suggesting it be turned into a pedestrian plaza and a right-of-way for the proposed Brooklyn-Queens streetcar.
 

What do you do to fight toxic waste? Plant more flowers. The city is planting more than 300 rain gardens in Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood to help relieve the overtaxed sewer systems.

 
This weekend, you can avail yourself of free Citi Bike. Don’t let this opportunity coast away.
 
An award-winning short from the Brooklyn Film Fest is all about that magical-realist charm of Greenpoint. Check out the review.
 
Well, that was quick. One bumbling (or opportunist?) driver was already caught in the bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge.
 
One band got booted from Northside over the drummer’s rape-apologist letter penned in defense of Brock Turner. Here’s some more deflection toward drinking culture.
 
Here’s a first look at the newly converted 108-year-old Eberhard Pencil Factory buildings that had been sitting vacant at 74 Kent Street for so long.
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Weekend Art Roundup: June 10-12

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Oh man, we’ve got a lot cooking this weekend… I’m not the one to usually say things like “art is all around us,” but this weekend art is all around us: in the streets, wristwatch showrooms, back room bar shows, record label stoop sales, and a Mayan hip hop show. Hell, if that’s not art I don’t know what is. Continue reading

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Where to Grab a Bite During the Northside Festival

Northside's Back! (image via NorthsideFestival.com)
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Music, art and tech-lovers will be filling the streets of North Brooklyn this week for the annual Northside Festival. The festival itself has grown exponentially in the past eight years. It’s now separated into four elements: Innovation, Content (taking the place of Film), Art, and Music, all happening over the course of six days, from today (Monday, June 6th) until Sunday the 12th. Here are some coffee shops and restaurants to check out within a block or two of the big Greenpoint venues!
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Add Some Brooklyn Mojo to Your New Year’s Eve Party Jam

Album cover from Vanity, a local band. Also, your party tonight.

Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party at your place tonight?

If so, what’s on your playlist?

It’s not easy to put together a night everyone will remember. Since North Brooklyn is the best place in the city to discover great music, your guests are going to expect you to showcase some amazing and obscure songs from local bands, not just what you managed to crib off a Best of 2015 nation-wide music critics’ poll.

So, to help you out, we rummaged through our own favorite tracks to provide you just the ones that will bring even your moodiest friends to the dance floor.

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Neko Case, Live from Northside

Neko Case.
Neko Case.

A mural of swords, axes, and eels pointed towards the words, “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.”

It was the title of Neko Case’s last album, and also the backdrop for her show last Friday night, Live at the Inlet.

Sporting flaming red hair volumized with the humidity of the night, Case headlined the venue’s first night hosting music for the Northside Festival with her alt-country, punk-rock ballads.

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Reunited, Luna Enraptures the Crowd at McCarren Park

After a ten-year break, Luna commanded a double encore at McCarren Park last Thursday night as part of the first day of the Northside Music Festival.

The enthusiasm from the crowd was clear before the set began. “I told my friend not to talk to me when they go on,” an excited fan said. “It’s a reunion for us,” she continued as she pointed out other people in the pit she used to see at Luna’s concerts before they disbanded in 2005. “I haven’t been this close ever,” another fan exclaimed. “It’s gonna be a good vibe.”

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Northside Music Picks: Day Four

eggsSome of you may be old enough to remember the Reagan-era “this is your brain on drugs” TV ad, the one that shows an egg frying in a pan.

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.  Continue reading

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