Sound Of The City's Top Seven Northside Festival Shows

Kitty Pryde plays the Knitting Factory on Friday night.
Kitty Pryde plays the Knitting Factory on Friday night.

This weekend marks the return of the Northside Festival, the Brooklyn-blanketing series of concerts, films, art shows, and discussions of "entrepreneurship" now in its fourth year. The music lineup is pretty jam-packed with bands both local and visiting, and in order to assist you the SOTC staff has put its collective heads together and come up with seven shows over the course of the next four days that you shouldn't miss. (Note that our guide has ticket prices for the shows, because even if you do have a badge, there's a chance that you'll have to pay to get in—badge admissions are limited, thanks to some of the venues being pretty small.)

WHAT: Stone Cold Fox, The Secret History, The Barettas, Graveyard Lovers, Your 33 Black Angels

The Secret History, "Johnny Anorak"

WHERE: Trash Bar WHEN: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. HOW MUCH (without a badge): $8 WHY: Secret History mastermind Michael Grace Jr. has been following his singular vision and making pitch-perfect New Wave opuses for years now, and the chance to see them performed in person shouldn't be missed.—Maura Johnston

WHAT: BrooklynVegan presents Frankie Rose, Caveman, Fort Lean, Hume

Caveman, "Easy Water"

WHERE: Music Hall of Williamsburg WHEN: Friday, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH (without a badge): $15 WHY: If Frankie Rose and her fabulously retro'd debut Interstellar aren't enough to get you to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night, the hazy Caveman should. The band's first record—last year's melodic, slightly distorted Coco Beware—slipped by many critics, but their live show is both beautiful and an enjoyable reminder of indie rock's roots.—Eric Sundermann

WHAT: Kitty Pryde

Kitty Pryde, "Okay Cupid"

WHERE: Knitting Factory WHEN: Friday, 11:59 p.m. HOW MUCH (without a badge): $12 WHY: Remember Kitty Pryde? The teen rapper might be old in internet cycles, but tonight she makes her in-the-flesh New York debut. Even if she doesn't have enough songs to make it to 12:30, this one still might be worth catching: "Okay Cupid" still knocks, bringing Clams Casino-influenced cloud rap down to Earth, and "Justin Bieber"—well, you can make up your own mind about that one.—Nick Murray


WHAT: Neon Marshmallow presents Black Dice, Run DMT, SSPS, and Mandelbrot & Skyy

Black Dice, "Pigs"

WHERE: Public Assembly (front room) WHEN: Saturday, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH (without a badge): $15 advance, $18 doors WHY: Whether they're haunting the new Secret Project Robot or headlining a Queens Chinese buffet, Brooklyn noise murderers Black Dice are consistently amazing live, a terrifyingly danceable squall of thrombotic vocal mutations, looped scrapheap beats, and rusty-robot toots set against an unsettlingly transcendent visual display. Add that guarantee to a line-up endorsed by the the two-man production team behind last fall's excellent experimental Neon Marshmallow Festival and this Saturday showcase should be resoundingly bonkers. P.S. This Run DMT isn't the Texas nu-dubstep DJ duo, but rather the DIY drone-pop tape-hiss project of Michael Collins.—Camille Dodero

WHAT: The Olivia Tremor Control w/Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Dinosaur Feathers

The Olivia Tremor Control, "The Game You Play Is In Your Head, Parts 1, 2, And 3"

WHERE: Music Hall of Williamsburg WHEN: Saturday, 8 p.m. HOW MUCH (without a badge): $20 WHY: The reborn Athens collective, known for filtering its psych-tinged pop through toy instruments and a childlike sense of wonder, knows how to fill a room with joy. —Maura Johnston

WHAT: Dâm-Funk, The Rub

Dâm-Funk, "Hood Pass Intact"

WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl WHEN: Sunday, 6 p.m. HOW MUCH (withouth a badge): $10 WHY: Need another reason to ditch tonight's indie showcases to hear L.A.'s Dâm-Funk find his groove at the Brooklyn Bowl? Just listen to the Prince mix he recently put together for Wax Poetics, and imagine the squelching low-end frequencies of his "17 Days" Re-Freak repeated, stretched, and twisted over the course of an hour-long set. Still in the mood for mixtapes? Prep for The Rub's DJ Ayres and Eleven with any installment of their essential History of Hip-Hop series.—Nick Murray

WHAT: Sacred Bones presents Crystal Stilts, Amen Dunes, Vår (members of Iceage), Wymond Miles (members of The Fresh & Onlys), Warthog

Vår, "In Your Arms"

WHERE: Glasslands WHEN: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. HOW MUCH (without a badge): $12 WHY: Since its inception in 2007, Brooklyn's Sacred Bones Records has quietly become one of the best indie rock labels in America, consistently producing artists with a grimy, foggy, and introspective sound. Be sure to catch Vår, even if its just to hear their powerful debut track "In Your Arms" live.—Eric Sundermann

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