The music component of Brooklyn's sprawling Northside Festival—there's also film and "innovation"—took over just about every venue in Williamsburg and Greenpoint this weekend, with some 400 bands and solo acts vying for our attention. That illustrious list included heavyweights such as Built To Spill, Neko Case, Best Coast and Rhye.
But for at least one area photographer, the most anticipated performance of this year's festival was the free Against Me! concert at McCarren Park yesterday evening, and frontwoman Laura Jane Grace and her mates definitely did not disappoint, with a blistering, nearly-90-minute set in front of thousands of fans, a big chunk of whom spent the whole show going nuts.
Against Me! tore through songs from most of the band's six albums, including about half of the excellent Transgender Dysphoria Blues from 2014, which was written by Grace around the time she came out as a transgender woman. Grace and the band said very little between songs, instead ripping from one tune to the next, much to the delight of the hyped-up crowd.
The Northside Festival continues on Sunday, culminating tonight with a show a 50 Kent featuring Vince Staples, Sleigh Bells, and Run the Jewels.