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Everything I Would See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time, Money and Hermione’s Time Turner

Support the Northside Music Festival in Brooklyn this Weekend!

Monday June 11

Foster the People and Tokyo Police Club at Central Park Summerstage, NYC - Will their rain dance produce rain again? My phone says no.

2:54 at The Mercury Lounge, NYC - Does chick shoegaze have stiletto heels? 

Tuesday June 12

Bass Drum of Death and Shark? at Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Thursday June 14

EULA at 285 Kent Avenue (Part of the Northside Festival), Brooklyn, NY - Loud and amazing punk rock awesomeness.

Natureboy and Gunfight at Pianos, NYC

Screaming Females at Warsaw, Brooklyn, NYC - Frontwoman Marissa Paternoster will make you wish you could play the guitar - even if you can play the guitar

Mogwai at Webster Hall, NYC - Ambient rock. Maybe 420.

Hooray for Earth DJ set at Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Friday June 15

Alyson Greenfield and Luff at Legion Bar - Two of my faves - so much talent in one space! Part of the Northside Music Festival.

Of Montreal and Beach Fossils at Mccarren Park, Brooklyn, NYC. Part of the Northside Music Festival. 

Spirit Family Reuinion and Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Mercury Lounge, NYC - Bring your dancin’ shoes for this revival and folk pop extravaganza.

Caveman at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday June 16

Twin Sister at Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - Part of the Northside Music Festival

Grass Widow at The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY - Hardcore chick punk. 

Clouder at The Gutter and Trash Bar in Brooklyn, NYC - my music crush twice in one day at the Northside Music Festival!

Sunday June 17

Jeff the Brotherhood at Bowery Ballroom, NY - One of the best rock shows you’ll ever see. Ferocious. Don’t miss it. 

Heavy Cream at Cakeshop, NYC - These chicks know how to do it.

Ava Luna at Muchmore’s in Brooklyn, NY - Part of the Northside Music Festival.

Night Manager at Public Assembly in Brooklyn, NY - Part of the Northside Music Festival.

Whale Belly at Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY - Part of the Northside Music Festival - Dylan meets the 21st century.

Starfucker at Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY - Part of the Northside Music Festival.

Luke Rathborne Rocks Out, Gets Kissed By A Boy and Watches Fans Go Down. Just Another Monday Night At PianosNYC

For Luke Rathborne’s set at Pianos on Monday, the fans were timid, subdued, standoffish. There was a weird vibe in the air. He commented, “Feels like the lower easy side instead of the lower east side since everyone is taking it easy.” He gestured for the crowd to come closer.

Like a siren song, this seemed to unleash some inner Monday-night devilishness that aligned somehow with his easy folk rock sound, which is more hard-edged live than on his new EP Dog Years. There was heckling. Making out. Heckling and making out on stage as one male fan ran up and kissed frontman Rathborne on the mouth. A single drunk girl, a whirling dirvish of mayham moshing alone to her own soundtrack (Rathborne doesn’t exactly produce mosh tunes), took out one photographer (um, me, gracelessly shoved to the floor) and came perilously close to taking down another before she took a header on a speaker and had to be escorted out.

"Hey where’d that girl go?" Rathborne joked. "Someone should have taken her home. Or bought her a drink. That’s the problem with all the hot girls. They pass out before the night’s over."

Words and photos by Shanda Boyett. Copyright 2011.