Eight years into its existence, Northside Festival is determinedly future-minded. Dividing itself into thirds, the NYC festival has two- and three-day stretches dedicated to "innovation" and "content". The other third -- four days worth of music between the East River and Bushwick, pulls in choice marquee names and established artists...

MADNESS! is a recurring series of audio WTFs and head-twitching, spine-tingling experimental or chaotic fun (k-k+st-s)icks.

Starring

"Kraut-punk, you say?" my ears perking up. "Whatever could that madness be?" That madness is Starring. And at the risk of being lazy, I'm going to go ahead and copy and paste a clip from SPIN, as it is actually quite the creative and accurate summary of the Brooklyn band: "Within the first frenetic minute of 'The Best,' Starring fold a delay bubble into a Farfisa freak-out into a Neu!-ish buildup and shove everything inside a tiny room that's vibrating with processed drums and tattoo-gun percussion. Then, wait - was that a jazz flute solo? Like the alphabet-soup title of the full-length album it appears on, 'The Best' packs a sundry spoonful of familiar sounds and sweet surprises into a restive five-minutes and change." - SPIN Their new album, ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ, comes out June 12th on Northern Spy Records, a six-track album recorded in a church. This track, "The Best," is a helluva intro to their work. You can see why they play shows with bands as diverse as Chain and The Gang, Magik Markers, and Dustin Wong -- they're all over the place, in the best of fucking ways! Full tour dates and tracklisting at the bottom of this post. Album art courtesy of Alex Ness. STARRING TOUR DATES ^ w/ Guardian Alien 06/14/12 Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly (Strange Victory Touring / Northside Fest Showcase) * 07/07/12 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent Ave. (Spy Music Festival) % Aug 8th Floristree Space Baltimore, MD ^ Aug 9th The Pilot Light Knoxville, TN ^ Aug 10th 529 Atlanta, GA ^ Aug 11th The Basement Nashville, TN ^ Aug 12th Siberia New Orleans, LA ^ Aug 13th Walter’s on Washington Houston, TX ^ Aug 14th Mohawk Austin, TX ^ Aug 15th Record Bar Kansas City, MO ^ Aug 16th The Firebird St. Louis, MO ^ Aug 18th The Hideout Chicago, IL ^ Aug 19th The Mill Iowa City, IA ^ Aug 20th Cactus Club Madison, WI ^ Aug 22nd Happy Dog Cleveland, OH ^ Aug 23rd Double Double Land Toronto, ON ^

 

MADNESS! A recurring series of audio WTFs and head-twitching, spine-tingling experimental fun (tr)icks.

YVETTE

We've known YVETTE for a while, and dudes have been grinding harrrrrd, playing DIY shows galore throughout Brooklyn and New York like they don't need to sleep or eat. The duo -- consisting of Noah Kardos-Fein and Rick Daniel -- make noise rock with mad percussive chops. This new track, "Cold Sweat," is definitely the most acessible material from them so far, and the decision certainly bodes well for their future. For starters -- love from Pitchfork and Stereogum, which seems a bit unlikely -- but really what's important here is that this new track has a bit more polish on it and a better recording job, giving those who wouldn't normally be into this type of dirtiness something to actually "get." Below, "Cold Sweat" from their upcoming Erosion/Cold Sweat 7" (out physically March 27th on God Mode and digitaly February 14th) along with the older "With Fangs," from their self-titled EP from way back in 2009. Listen to YVETTE's "Cold Sweat"DOWNLOAD MP3
Listen to YVETTE's "With Fangs"DOWNLOAD MP3