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The Northside Festival—the annual eight-day showcase of music, film, food, ideas and entrepreneurship in Brooklyn—returns this week, for the eighth time. The fest began yesterday, but the music portion kicks off on Thursday and runs through Sunday. And we’ve got plenty of action all four nights that you won’t want to miss.
Music Hall of Williamsburg: Steve Gunn and the Outliners, Yonatan Gat and Cut Worms
Rough Trade NYC: the Prettiots, Chaos Chaos and Long Beard
Music Hall of Williamsburg: Psychic Ills, Weyes Blood and She-Devils
Rough Trade NYC: Frankie Cosmos playing songs from Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, Ava Luna playing songs from Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson and Deradoorian playing songs from Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality
Rough Trade NYC: Into It. Over It. and Hurry and Clique
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Jacco Gardner – Rough Trade NYC – June 11, 2015
Wrapping up a long evening of music at the Northside Festival, Jacco Gardner felt like a conduit to another world on Thursday night. It was hot and steamy outside Rough Trade NYC, but Gardner and his excellent band were a jungle oasis evoking a unique magic and sound. For “Clear the Air,” an early set highlight, the bass bopped along like the sound of a summer rain while the keyboards twisted a time-travel groove. His sound is often described as baroque pop, which only seemed to cover half the music filling the room last night. In reality, each instrument evoked something of the past: a harpsichordlike keyboard recalled an alternate, funkier 18th century Vienna, the bass grooves would’ve been right at home in a ’70s discotheque and the reefer-drenched guitars were ’60s London.
Sometimes Gardner was almost superfluous, playing a light acoustic rhythm guitar while the lead guitarist beautifully streamed the melodies; or shaking a tambourine or maraca while his skilled drummer conjured the rhythms; or even tapping away at the synth while the keys player expertly manipulated the organ. But this was deceiving. The Netherlands native was clearly the potion master, carefully weighing and mixing each ingredient into a delicious, exotic cocktail. The set featured most of the the recently released Hypnophobia. “Grey Lanes” offered a terrific prog-rock instrumental piece that gave the band room to show off their skills while “Face to Face” was a new-folk masterpiece that Gardner led to some real ecstatic moments.
A few other highlights came from 2013’s Cabinet of Curiosities, including “Chameleon” and “The Ballad of Little Jane,” which found the bassist bouncing open wormholes to both the past and future. But even despite the late hour, Gardner and Co. obliged the not-ready-to-go-yet with a best-for-last encore. Upon return, each band member took up a different spot (the drummer to the bass, etc.) while Gardner led the newly misplaced ensemble through a cover of the Skywalkers’ “How to Live Again,” which wasn’t too shabby even with the changes. After everyone got back to their normal spots, they closed with “Lullaby,” which opened in gorgeous fashion, Gardner sweetly singing, the band joining in ethereal harmony. Eventually, the melody split open and they launched into a somewhat unexpected jam that went on for several euphoric “wow!” minutes, the true potency of their enchantment kicking in—a fitting, magical end before the inevitable return to reality.
—A. Stein | @Neddyo
He may be young, but there’s no doubting 23-year-old Dan Croll’s talent. The English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist mashes together folk sensibilities, electronic beats, sweet melodies, African rhythyms and a healthy dose of guitar hooks to make his own brand of smart synth pop, featured prominently on Croll’s debut album, the vibrant Sweet Disarray (stream it below), which came out earlier this year. The LP has earned him comparisons to Paul Simon and Vampire Weekend, and AllMusic hails Croll (above, doing “From Nowhere” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) for his songwriting chops and “forward-looking experimentalism.” See him perform live on Sunday at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of Northside Festival. I Am Oak open the show.
days of music, art, film and entrepreneurship in Williamsburg and Greenpoint “and some secret surprise spots too”—is back, beginning today. The festival’s music portion runs through Sunday, and Music Hall of Williamsburg hosts four great, wide-ranging shows, starting tonight with Iceage (below, performing “White Rune”) and A Place to Bury Strangers. Tomorrow it continues with Osiris Presents Kylesa, and following a sold-out show at The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night, the alt-country (although we prefer y’alternative) Son Volt play Music Hall on Saturday, before English punks Subhumans close out the festival there on Sunday night. So think global and rock out local.
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