The 2011 L Magazine’s annual Northside Festival may not have our faves Liars and Fucked Up firing up a Greenpoint barge park this year, but there are still dizzying amounts of amazing bands to fit in this weekend, not to mention films, panels and, if it’s your thing, comedy acts.

The dandy and fine Theophilus London kicks it all off for Northside’s big opening party on Thursday night. Yes, it’s sold out, but perhaps someone with an extra ticket will be willing to sell it to lucky little you outside the door. There will also be a few badge holders allowed in, provided you are there around 7pm, I am guessing.


Official Northside Festival Opening Party:
Theophilus London
plus special guests
Doors at 8pm, advance tickets SOLD OUT, 18+
*please note: tickets and badges only (no wristbands)

Thursday night, Coco66 has a nice lineup as well. If you’re in Greenpoint and want to stay in your hood, you can’t miss:

SexMusic & Supercrush Studio present:
ZAZA 11:45pm
Dead Leaf Echo 10:45pm
Shad[]wB[]x 9:45pm
Walrus Ghost 9pm
With DJ sets by BRAHMS
Doors at 8pm, $6/$8 day of, 21+

At Bar Matchless on Driggs and Manhattan Ave., Eamon Hamilton (of Brakes, from the UK) and Luke Rathborne (Maine born, now of Bklyn), will be playing, both are always vibrant, whether solo or not.

Eamon Hamilton (The Brakes, solo acoustic) 11pm
Luke Rathborne 10pm
HolidayHoliday 9pm
Doors at 8pm, $8, 21+


Like many in the blogosphere, I need to check out Denmark’s Iceage. That show may be a crush since it’s their first time playing NY, never mind Brooklyn, but it’s worth a shot, and it’s with some other very worthy acts in both rooms, like Cult of Youth, on the bill. The age for entry has been reduced to below 21 here tonight, so we’re guessing, if you’re 18+ and with an ID, you’re golden. Here’s the info:

Sacred Bones Records & Stereogum present:

front room
Wes Eisbold (of Cold Cave) DJ 2:30am-4am
Iceage (Denmark; U.S. debut)12:30am
The Men 11pm
Lost Tribe 9:30pm
Anasazi 8pm

back room
Prurient 1:15am
Cult of Youth 11:45pm
Yellow Tears 10:15pm
Pop.1280 8:45pm
Doors at 8pm, $10, 17+; buy tickets here

Kanine Records, one of our top local labels (congrats on your new addition, Lio and Kay), has a mighty fine showcase at Knitting Factory on Friday night. You can stay put and be sure to be enchanted with this lineup, though Surfer Blood as headliner might make this one tough to get into too, since who doesn’t want to get some perfect summer fuzzy listening in at midnight?

Kanine Records presents:
Surfer Blood 12am
Eternal Summers 11:15pm
Grooms 10:30pm
Pepper Rabbit 9:45pm
Xray Eyeballs 9pm
Zambri 8:15pm
Dream Diary 7:30pm
With DJ Andy French (of Raven Sings the Blues & Insound)
Doors at 7pm, $12/$14 day of, all ages; buy tickets here

Sentimentalist Magazine’s editors were there to cover the festival last year, by day, chilling in the Northside lounge.






For those who’d rather cling to the walls of sorrow instead of mosh to punk, there’s a witchy set on Saturday night, though I won’t call it witchhouse, ‘cuz that tag’s dead in the water. Since Gatekeeper’s already got 500+ “yes, I’m attendings” on Facebook, perhaps you cloaked shadow dwellers better get there before the stroke of midnight.  Here’s the info on this all ages one:

A Merok Records showcase presented in association with Northside Festival, Future Babycastles and BirdDog Promo, presenting:

Teengirl Fantasy

$hayne + Venus X (Ghe20 Gothik)
Physical Therapy

Saturday June 18
285 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222
10$ advance tickets available at Record Grouch (441 Metropolitan Ave )
12$ at the door

The chillin’ a/c and Blue Ribbon eats at Brooklyn Bowl aren’t the only things making us want to check in at Brooklyn Bowl Saturday night if we can, since the dastardly, dirty Californians, Thee Oh Sees, will be heating the place up for their record release show.

Tell All Your Friends presents:
Thee Oh Sees (album release show for Castlemania)
The Yellow Dogs
Emil & Friends
Plus special surprise guests
Doors at 6pm, $10, 21+; buy tickets here

If none of these shows suits you, never fear.  There are loads we didn’t even mention that are also top picks: both Atlas Sound and Eleanor Friedberger are at St. Cecilia’s Church in Greenpoint on given nights, Hopewell is at Knitting Factory on Thursday, both Oh Land and Light Asylum are stopping by for sets, and there are tons of indie films at the chic IndieScreen cinema, right on S. 2nd and Kent.

Liars video by Zabatay