With its vast alumni featuring Sleigh Bells, Chance the Rapper and Run the Jewels, the Northside Festival has been the place to see some of the biggest names in music interspersed with some rising acts in the area. This year's installment takes place this week (Wednesday, June 7 through Sunday, June 11) throughout Brooklyn, N.Y., and there's slated to be over 300 acts performing, including New Jersey post-hardcore outfit Thursday — performing a special 20 year anniversary show at McCarren Park. We decided to search through the list and pick out five acts that are certainly worth checking out at the music festival.
Neaux (performing Saturday, June 10 at 9:45 p.m. at Matchless)
After years of touring the world with VersaEmerge, vocalist Sierra Kay wanted a change. With the help of Loss Leader guitarist Nick Fit, she formed the group Neaux, and the outfit wasted little time with some touring on both coasts. The band will be playing a trio of shows with Philadelphia shoegaze oufit Nothing and California alternative rockers Souvenirs surrounding their Northside Festival appearance. Their debut album, Fell Off The Deep End, is out on Iron Pier Records.
American Pinup (performing Thursday, June 8 at 9:00 p.m. at Tender Trap)
Hailing from Yonkers, American Pinup blend power pop and punk rock to make their own unique sound that has captivated fans across the country. After a handful of releases on Texas punk label Altercation Records, the band decided to go independent with 2015's The Radio. Later this year, the band will head to Florida to perform at The Fest.
Secret Nudist Friends (performing Friday, June 9 at 10:00 p.m. at The Gutter, Saturday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Muchmore's and 10:00 p.m. at The Gutter)
Philadelphia psych rock trio Secret Nudist Friends are no strangers to the Northside Music Festival; last year, the outfit delivered electric performances inside Gold Sounds and Industry City Distillery. This weekend, the band have three gigs lined up, and they're ready to continue making a buzz in Brooklyn. Back in March, they dropped their four-song EP, Susan.
Elizabeth Devlin (performing Thursday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. at Pete's Candy Store)
NYC singer/songwriter Elizabeth Devlin and her beloved autoharp have traveled around the world performing in front of bedazzled audiences. Back in February, the artist released her first studio album in six years with Orchid Mantis. She supported the release with a nine date trek through France. While there's no cover for her performance inside Pete's Candy Store, there is a suggested donation of $5 to $20.
The Coax (performing Wednesday, June 7 at 2:50 p.m. at Muchmore's)
Based out of Minneapolis, The Coax have been dishing out psych rock jams all over their home state and beyond with performances at Summerfest and SXSW. After several treks across the country, the band settled down in the studio and recorded their new album, Total Drag, which was released back in February.