In just one week, North Brooklyn will be overrun with bands and musicians. Yeah, we know that sounds like every day in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, but trust us!
The L Magazine’s 2nd Annual Northside Festival begins next Thursday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, June 27. It’s a special festival, intended to highlight all the great music that is already happening in NYC, but to bring it to this one musician-heavy area of Brooklyn. (You don’t have to fly to Texas to see hundreds of indie bands after all.)
Showcases are curated by local record labels, promoters, and blogs, and this year more than 300 bands, some big (Liars), others just on the verge (see below), are playing outdoor concerts and gigs at various venues next weekend. A film festival debuts this year too, at the brand-new indieScreen.
Brooklyn Based enlisted me to curate their showcase next Friday, because I’m a contributor to BB, and the founder and editor of Microphone Memory Emotion. Also, they like my taste! You can hear every band below at Matchless on June 25. And for a special preview listen to our lineup, here’s a mixtape.
First up is Bermuda Bonnie, a duo out of Brooklyn by way of Philly that plays adorable electronic pop. With subjects like sunny days, houseboats, rockets and boys, this music will make you feel sprightly and in love.
Fluffy Lumbers is the main project of Sam Franklin, a student at Sarah Lawrence who has multiple bands. And they’re all good! Fluffy Lumbers music is a hazy and soaring loud mess of guitars run through reverb pedals–one part melody via Weezer and one part nostalgia via 80s pop.
Next is the Bushwick powerhouse Coasting featuring Madison Farmer on guitar and vocals and Fiona Campbell on drums and vocals (that’s one of them in skates, above). These two women are forward-thinking, feminist party animals whose minimal music will send shivers straight up your punk rock spine. In a 90s DC-era style, Coasting is fast and hard. Also, Farmer and Campbell hail from Arkansas and New Zealand, respectively, which must pique your interest, right?
And up last is the Underwater People’s Records house band, aptly named Family Portrait. Featuring all the owners of the New Jersey “lo-fi” indie label, Family Portrait makes music that oozes with old school charm but whose sound is fully modern. These are pop space jams with smoky lyrics by Elvis lookalike and lead singer/guitarist Evan Brody.
At each show a limited number of badge holders will be admitted and there are no pre-sale tickets so get there early. (There are $1 Heinekens from 8 to 10 p.m. so you’ve got no reason to be late.) Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave., right across from McCarren Park, Friday, June 25. Doors at 8:30, bands at 9. $6.
9 Bermuda Bonnie
9:45 Fluffy Lumbers
11:15 Family Portrait