It may be the first day of the weekend — Happy Saturday! — but it’s already the third day of Northside Festival, so grab your shades, slather on some sunblock, and hit the neighborhood. After the jump, a quick round-up of the shows you’ll find us at tonight.
Zach Condon’s baroque, fully-instrumented pop took the world by storm with the release of Gulag Orkestar eight years ago, and we’ve been hungering for his elusive live presence ever since. We’ll be front row before the sun goes down tonight, straining to catch a glimpse of the pop savant himself. (Not to mention unlikely-but-welcome opening act Ratking.) From 5:00pm – 10:00pm at 50 Kent.
After two long days and nights, Nightlands soothing, electronic loops and hazy vocals will be a welcome respite from all the noise (and the insane thunder storms). Plus, the mysterious Assembly, featuring members of Grizzly Bear. From 8:00pm – 10:30pm at Knitting Factory Brooklyn.
Barnett is easily our favorite new lady rocker, grinding out fuzzy, guitar-driven anthems about sleeping in late, panic attacks, and drunken day-dreaming. Don’t pigeonhole her as a slacker, though — this charismatic wunderkind may make a lot of jokes, but her humor belies a lyrical cleverness and a penchant for penning undeniable earworms. We’re betting on some hilarious stage banter for this show. From 8:00pm – 11:30pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Marissa Nadler, Youth Code
For sheer variety tonight, it’s hard to top Pitchfork’s showcase, which starts early with noise machines like Youth Code and Pharmakon, before wrapping things up with the ethereal vocals of Marissa Nadler. Get us all worked up and then let us down gently. We like it. From 8:00pm – 12:15am at Saint Vitus. You can also catch Pharmakon on the late side at the Sacred Bones showcase.