The streets of Williamsburg belonged to musicians, even more than normal, for the four days that the Northside Festival staked its ground. There was a constant bustle of badge-clad press agents, photographers, managers and agents in addition to guitarists toting their instruments and lead singers trailed by groupies. Booze was certainly also flowing freely. At Good Co. on Hope Street, Jameson hosted a party [READ ON]
Suggested NYC Concerts The Best Indie Shows Hand-picked Each Week
Be excited, be very, very excited. This week is the L Magazine’s Northside Festival, a music (and film/entrepreneurship) marathon that brings some of the very best indie music to Williamsburg/Greenpoint every year. This year’s festival features countless amazing acts, most notably of Montreal, Cold Cave, Beach Fossils, Starfucker, GZA, Caveman, Jens Lekman, and Class Actress. But that’s not where all the action is this week so check out our picks for suggested [READ ON]
While the stage setup resembled a combined McDonalds play place and the secret garden, indie-pop vets Mates of State (@matesofstate) employed no gimmicks, getting an unexpectedly amped Webster Hall crowd off of their feet last Wednesday evening. Relying on their hook-heavy dance beats and basic yet booming vocals, husband-wife combo of Jason Hammel (drums, vocals) and Kori Gardner (keys, vocals) brought the audience to life. [READ ON]
Joining the indie-electronic crowd alongside bands such as Animal Collective, Yeasayer, and Panda Bear, is Chicago-based YAWN(@yawnmusic). The quartet’s debut LP, Open Season, was released at the end of August, and after weeks of listening to it repetitively, I can fully attest to its truly fantastic [READ ON]
With only two weeks left till the release of their highly-anticipated debut LP, Open Season YAWN (@yawnmusic) has released a video for the first single, “Acid”. A textural dreamscape of layers building upon layers, this visual feast is a perfect interpretation of the track. Check it out [READ ON]
The sound of Chicago-based YAWN can’t be fully explained in a single word. It’s eclectic, tribal, experimental, and just plain fun to listen to. After a rough experience with producers leading up to their debut EP, YAWN opted for the ‘get some recording software and go for it’ method, recording the tracks in their basement (download here). This release led to a set at the Fader Fort during SXSW 2010, which immediately caught hold of the audience and produced great reviews (NME, Pitchfork).
YAWN spent last year opening for Yeasayer, Local Natives, Steel Train, Girl Talk, among many others, and now they’re back in the basement finishing up their debut full-length. Open Season hits shelves on August 30th via FeelTrip/Englophile Records.
In all honesty, there aren’t many music videos that really do it for me. Of course, there’s the occasional video (YAWN’s“Kind of Guy”, Local Natives’“Who Knows Who Cares”, Boys and Frogs’“In Dreams”) that cracks me up, captures my imagination, and/or wows me with its artistic representation of the music [READ ON]
My father’s 59 years old now, but he’s still just as into music as he was when he went to Woodstock back in 1969. Quick story. I am always asking my dad about his stories from the 60s, yet all I’ve been able to pry is a couple half-truths from Woodstock and his description of a Jimi Hendrix show during which the crowd requested that Hendrix pee on them. According to my dad, their wish was granted. [READ ON]
What could be better than a festival of New York City's best food, drink, and music? The answer is nothing. The Great Googa Mooga festival, brought to you by the same folks that put on Bonnaroo[READ ON]