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A Quick & Painless Guide To Northside Festival

<br/><br/>Since its inception in 2009, Brooklyn's <a href="http://northsidefestival.com/">Northside Festival</a> has grown up every year, transforming into a filled-out, four day, multi-disciplinary event that takes over most of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.<br/><br/>In addition to the film and music portions of the event, this year Northside will feature the inaugural run of the <a href="http://northsidefestival.com/next/">Northside Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference</a>, or NExT. Originally started in 2011 as the small scale Northside Ideas, NExT is a full blown two day tech affair, offering <a href="http://northsidefestival.com/tickets/">badge holders</a> access to product demos, panel discussions, and business presentations from both established and up-and-coming business leaders—NOTHING <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive">like SXSW.</a><br/><br/>Click through for a look at what's happening this year.<br/><br/><em>With Christopher Robbins and Gabrielle Sierra</em>

The Thermals rock it out last year (miles from home/Flickr)

<p><strong><a href="http://northsidefestival.com/music/">THE MUSIC</a></strong><br/><br/>The big free shows in McCarren Park with <a href="http://gothamist.com/2010/08/23/gothamist_house_presents_the_walkme.php">The Walkmen</a> and Solange are "sold out," but music and festival badge holders are guaranteed entry and we've seen a few illicit listings from the entrepreneurial set looking to cash in. Below you'll find our mini-guide that will lead you to the right places at the right times this week(end)—it is by no means an exhaustive list, just what we're jonesin' to see.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/14366667?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe><strong>THURSDAY</strong>:<br/><br/><strong>Mac DeMarco, White Fence, Walter TV</strong> Mac DeMarco is a 23-year-old who writes pretty great pop songs, ones that can be <a href="https://vimeo.com/55473657">sweet and sad,</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2_r94MwW18">goofy and haunting,</a> or just plain <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI2gPvreoG4">righteous.</a> He's like Roy Orbison and Paul Simon meeting for cheeseburgers and cocaine. DeMarco's live shows occasionally devolve into drunken frat spectacles (his Mom apparently stumbled upon this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GMGia5B-mU&amp;feature=related">NSFW video</a> of him naked, singing U2's "Beautiful Day"), but they're never dull, and they enhance this cool <a href="http://www.thestoolpigeon.co.uk/features/interview-mac-demarco.html">duality thing</a> he's got going on. <em>6:30 p.m. // Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue) // <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/256045?__utmx=-&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=80916503&amp;__utmz=1.1365966334.19.8.utmcsr%3Dgoogle%7Cutmccn%3D%28organic%29%7Cutmcmd%3Dorganic%7Cutmctr%3Dbrooklyn+bowl&amp;__utma=1.379478003.1333988199.1366217904.1366233167.25&amp;__utmc=1&amp;wrKey=82C2771BF5BBAB25750932C3F0B3685A">Tickets $10 advance</a> / $12 door</em><br/><br/><object height="360" width="640"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6n9WvBmP_v8?hl=en_US&amp;version=3"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/6n9WvBmP_v8?hl=en_US&amp;version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"/></object><br/><br/><strong>Body/Head, Majical Cloudz, Foreplay</strong> Expect big crowds for Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's trippy experimental sounds, with opening sets from Montreal's <a href="https://soundcloud.com/majical-cloudz">Majical Cloudz</a>, rife with heady lyrics and sparse, haunting orchestrations. <em>8 p.m. // Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue) // <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/event/283405">Tickets $15</a></em><br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/38254631" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe> </p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/38254631">Body / Head</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/tapingpolicies">Taping Policies</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><br/><strong>FRIDAY</strong>:<br/><br/><strong>Torche, KEN Mode, Lo-Pan, Inter Arma</strong>: Get ready to mother fucking ROCK as Torche brings heavy, frenetic guitar licks and "triumphant" vocal harmonies in an opening set for equally hardcore KEN mode—the name stands for Kill Every Now, so…yeah.<em>7 p.m. // 285 Kent (285 Kent Avenue) // <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/273051?__utmx=-&amp;skinName=tfly&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=216942870&amp;__utmz=1.1370633876.1.1.utmcsr%3Dnorthsidefestival2013.sched.org%7Cutmccn%3D%28referral%29%7Cutmcmd%3Dreferral%7Cutmcct%3D%2Fevent%2Fbde5f26c6ef217e1dc799ba8b0a545b4&amp;__utma=1.682831418.1370633876.1370633876.1370633876.1&amp;__utmc=1&amp;__utmb=1.2.10.1370633876&amp;wrKey=F949B5C3391FD02B36C07CA3704391A7">Tickets $12</a></em><br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xgvqEJstNrw" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><strong>White Fence, Las Rosas, HONEY</strong> White Fence is Tim Presley, a guy who has released an enormous amount of quality psychedelic rock in the past few years (see <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/05/16/white_fence_interview.php">our interview with him</a>). His studio albums are meticulous, hiss-filled masterpieces (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LwO6WW5CFg">MASTERPIECES</a>). To quote <a href="http://larecord.com/album-reviews/2012/06/07/white-fence-family-perfume-vol-1-and-vol-2">LA Record,</a> "He’s a writer that talks to us like a friend." Live, White Fence's catalogue turns into <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJQ1wIVRk58">tight, three-minute pop songs</a> or eight-minute exercises in shambolic brilliance. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_26dW56_Gw">"Sticky Fruitman Has Faith"</a> makes you feel like a dog sticking his head out of a window of a speeding car. Las Rosas is the <a href="http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/02/harlem_broke_up.html">new band from Jose Boyer,</a> the bassist of the now-defunct Harlem. <a href="http://honeybk.bandcamp.com/">HONEY</a> sounds promising. <em>11:30 p.m. // Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) // <a href="http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&amp;eventId=3519684&amp;pl=kfny">Tickets $10</a></em><br/><br/><object height="360" width="640"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/n_26dW56_Gw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/n_26dW56_Gw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"/></object><br/><br/><strong>SATURDAY</strong>:<br/><br/><strong>Weekend, YVETTE</strong>: Get ready for <a href="http://www.nme.com/reviews/weekend—3/11767">"biblical floods of brooding amp static"</a> beneath echoey vocals from Weekend; driving drum beats and intense, chant-like vocals from YVETTE. <em>7 p.m. // Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) // <a href="http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&amp;eventId=3603354&amp;pl=kfny">Tickets $10</a></em><br/><br/><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74533668" width="100%"></iframe><br/><br/><strong>Merchandise, Milk Music, Destruction Unit:</strong> Merchandise's sound is like Echo and the Bunnymen meet <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6NR6Nac6ko">PC Worship</a>—limbs and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=z3e5aDQjoSI">strings and brass flail</a> around only to unite around <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRngUy5u--A">Carson Cox's delightfully syrupy, soaring vocals.</a> Milk Music is fairly <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZO8GG9t7lc">straightforward, satisfying punk.</a> And Destruction Unit...<em>7 p.m. // 285 Kent Ave // <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/event/227125">Tickets $13</a></em><br/><br/><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92342829" width="100%"></iframe><br/><br/><strong>SUNDAY</strong>:<br/><br/><strong>Born Ruffians, The Spinto Band, Turf War</strong>: Put an exuberant cap to the weekend with the catchy rock melodies and lots youthful energy at this Sunday evening show.<em>6 p.m. // Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue) // <a href="http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/259703?__utmx=-&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=71430163&amp;__utmz=1.1365966334.19.8.utmcsr%3Dgoogle%7Cutmccn%3D%28organic%29%7Cutmcmd%3Dorganic%7Cutmctr%3Dbrooklyn+bowl&amp;__utma=1.379478003.1333988199.1366217904.1366233167.25&amp;__utmc=1&amp;wrKey=F949B5C3391FD02B36C07CA3704391A7">Tickets $12 advance</a>, $15 door</em><br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lXAStBDZRsI" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><strong>Nü Sensae, Destruction Unit, Big Ups, Psychic Blood</strong> <a href="http://northsidefestival2013.sched.org/event/340c1a1a4edf4569ea12305312c29d82?iframe=yes&amp;w=990&amp;sidebar=yes&amp;bg=no">Ice-who?</a> The loudest, baddest punk show of Northside will be at the finest venue in New York City on Sunday night. Thankfully, Shea sells ear plugs for a dollar. Go ahead, <a href="http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/impose-northside-nu-sensae-destruction-unit-big-ups-psychic-blood">splurge.</a> <em>8 p.m. // Shea Stadium (20 Meadow Street) // <a href="http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/impose-northside-nu-sensae-destruction-unit-big-ups-psychic-blood">Tickets $10</a></em><br/><br/><object height="360" width="640"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Uyb_LD-jNzY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Uyb_LD-jNzY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"/></object><br/><br/><em><a href="http://northsidefestival.com/tickets/">Music Badges $80</a></em>


<br/><br/><strong><a href="http://northsidefestival.com/film/">THE MOVIES</a></strong><br/><br/>Northside takes advantage of <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/11/15/nycs_new_movie_mecca_williamsburg.php">Williamsburg's movie theater glut</a> with screenings happening Monday, June 17th through Thursday, June 20th.<br/><br/>There are some big names on the marquee for this season. Steve Coogan stars as British publishing magnate Paul Raymond in <em><strong><a href="http://northsidefestival.com/749-2/">The Look of Love</a></strong></em>, which chronicles the "King of Soho's" life as a soft-porn magazine publisher and his relationship with his daughter. <strong><em><a href="http://northsidefestival.com/maniac/">Maniac</a></em></strong> brings Jack the Ripper to the 21st century with Elijah Wood playing an obsessive mannequin store owner. <em>Interview With a Vampire</em> director Neil Jordan takes another bite out of the genre with <strong><em><a href="http://northsidefestival.com/byzantium/">Byzantium</a></em></strong>, a vampire thriller starring Saoirse Ronan.<br/><br/>Other films include a range of indie selections, shorts and documentaries, like pet preservation flick <a href="http://gothamist.com/2013/05/29/interview_with_amy_finkel.php"><em><strong>Furever</strong></em></a> by Amy Finkel, <strong><em><a href="http://northsidefestival.com/the-forbidden-voices-info/">Forbidden Voices</a></em></strong> follows three female bloggers dispatching from Cuba, China and Iran, exposing the horrors of dictatorial regimes at great personal risk.<br/><br/><em><a href="http://northsidefestival.com/tickets/">Film badges $35</a></em>

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