Thursday, June 25, 2009

Like it loud? Head to the great outdoors of North Brooklyn

Vivian Girls

By Meredith Deliso

North Brooklyn is hip to music festivals.

In the wake of the Northside Festival, the four-day music extravaganza that took over North Brooklyn, another weekend festival featuring some of Brooklyn’s best live acts is coming to Bushwick.

Albeit on a much smaller scale (there won’t be any venue hopping or badge-wearing this time around), these shows, curated by record labels Woodsist and Captured Tracks and put on with DIY producer Todd P, is drawing up its own buzz for the stellar line-up of DIY artists and lo-fi bands.

On July 3 and 4, more than a dozen local acts will converge in Bushwick at Broadway Backyard, for an all-ages, outdoor show that’s expected to get loud. Maybe you’ll catch an illegal fireworks display lighting up the night sky as well at the Fourth of July show.

Headlining the two-day affair are Crystal Stilts, playing their garage-pop the first night, and Thee Oh Sees, an experimental, instrumental group, the following night. Also on that bill are the Vivian Girls, who made news last year with their very fast, very catchy pop, and anticipate a follow-up album later this summer.

Woods is the band behind the label Woodsist, and naturally, they are on the bill too, with a spot on the July 4th lineup. The Bushwick-based band has pulled from some of their favorite acts and label mates (such as Vivian girls and Crystal Stilts) for the festival, which in turn makes for a dream lineup of acts that you’d expect at an all-ages, outdoor summer show in the middle of Bushwick.

Scheduled to play on Friday, July 3, as of press time, in addition to Crystal Stilts, are Blank Dogs, Psychedelic Horses—t, caUSE co-MOTION!, the Mayfair Set, Gary War, Little Girls, Kid Romance, Beachniks, and the Gutsies.

On Saturday July 4, in addition to Thee Oh See, Vivian Girls, and Woods are Kurt Vile, Tyvek, Dum Dum Girls (kind of like the Vivian Girls with their shoegazer pop), the Fresh & Onlys, Brilliant Colors, Ganglians, the Great Excape, the Beets, Real Estate, German Measles, and Beach Fossils.

In other music news, on the horizon in North Brooklyn, of course, are the Pool Parties, which, while not in a pool anymore, retain their cool moniker.

This summer, the widely popular free concerts will move from McCarren Park to the Williamsburg waterfront, in the East River State Park, between North Eighth and North Ninth Streets. Unofficially scheduled to kick off the series on July 12 are Mission of Burma, F---ed Up and Ponytail. Other rumored bands set to play include Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors on July 19, Dan Deacon on August 2, Girl Talk on August 23, and, another big Brooklyn indie act, Grizzly Bear on August 30.

Until then, get your fill of the local talent at the Woodsist and Captured Tracks festival is July 3, starting at 3 p.m., and July 4, starting at 1 p.m., at 979 Broadway Backyard (between Myrtle Avenue and Ditmars Street). Tickets are $15 each day (click here to buy for July 3 or July 4), or $25 for both. The event is rain or shine.


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