concerts :: Northside Festival 2010 Preview

Well, it’s almost time for 2nd Northside Festival, during which The L Magazine takes over the Williamsburg and Greenpoint music venues for a few days.

The Northside Festival will feature over 300 bands this year. Some relatively big names are playing (Liars, The Fiery Furnaces, Fucked Up, Polvo). But what this is really about is the chance to see lots of bands in small venues. It’s an indie music overdose. You can get an idea of what it’s like by listening to this radio stream from the good folks over at

Streamable: Northside Radio (m3u)

This year the festival starts on Thursday, June 24th and ends on Sunday, June 27th. You can still by badges @ Brown Paper Tickets.

AND… there’s more than music happening on the 24th-27th. There is also Arts & Film happenings (if you’re into that sort of thing).

What I would like to do now is highlight a few of the showcases that I am planning on checking out. I have mp3 previews for just about all the bands playing the highlighted showcases. If you have an mp3 for one of the bands listed with no preview, please send it to me and I will post it. And, remember this is just a small sample of the events planned for the 24th through the 27th, be sure to check out the full schedule… here.

6/24/10 | Thursday Evening @ Cameo Gallery

Ernest Jenning Record Co. presents

Blood Warrior
Listen: King Day (Live) (mp3)

Charles Burst

La Strada
Listen: Wash on By (mp3)

Takka Takka
Listen: Everybody Say (WOXY Lounge Act) (mp3)

Wild Yaks
Listen: River May Come (mp3)

Doors at tba, $tba, 21+

6/25/10 | Friday Evening @ Public Assembly

Pop Tarts Suck Toasted presents

The Rabbits
Listen: Cruel (mp3)

Marie Stella
Listen: Message From Limbo (mp3)

Listen: Shark? (mp3)

Listen: Living In America (mp3)

Listen: Yeah I Know (mp3)

Les Vinyl

The Sundelles
Listen: Your Favorite Thing (mp3)

Listen: Cool Kids Cut Out of the Heart Itself (mp3)

Dinosaur Feathers
Listen: Teenage Whore (mp3)

The Grates

Doors at tba, $tba (includes access to Pop Tarts show in both rooms), 21+

6/26/10 | Saturday Afternoon @ Glasslands Gallery

Pop Tarts Suck Toasted presents

True Womanhood
Listen: Dignitas (mp3)

Golden Girls
Listen: Dreams (mp3)

Dinosaur Bones
Listen: Royalty (mp3)

Listen: Housewolf (mp3)

The Senors of Marseille
Listen: Davey (mp3)

The Great Unwashed
Listen: Winter Classic (mp3)

Doors at 12:30pm, $5

6/26/10 | Saturday Evening @ Shea Stadium

Chocolate Bobka presents

Listen: MIRRORIMAGE (mp3)

Big Troubles
Listen: Chalk Circles (mp3)

Listen: The Hunt (mp3)


Dana Jewell (solo)
Listen: My T-Train Girl (mp3)

No Demons Here (Luka Usmiani of Fluffy Lumbers)
Listen: Shithed (mp3)

Andrew Cedermark
Listen: Ad Infinitum (mp3)

Doors at tba, $tba, all ages

6/27/10 | Sunday Afternoon @ Spike Hill

The L Magazine presents

NYC Bands You Need to Hear, Part 2
Doors at tba, FREE

6/27/10 | Sunday Evening @ Brooklyn Bowl

FREEwilliamsburg presents

Listen: Yellow Wings (mp3)

Hooray for Earth
Listen: Surrounded By Your Friends (mp3)

Restless People
Listen: Days of our Lives (mp3)

Glass Ghost
Listen: Like A Diamond (mp3)

The Babies
Listen: Meet Me In The City (mp3)

Doors at tba, $tba, 21+

For more venue info, head over to the Northside Venue page.

If you like what you hear you should probably purchase music from the above artists at any of these fine online retailers (or your local independent record store):

Insound | Amazon MP3 | eMusic | Other Music

Also, if you want to download all (or most of) the tracks in this post, you should probably think about installing the DownThemAll! or FlashGot Firefox extensions.

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