music: june 9-12
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ROSTAM—Your New Favorite Artist

If you’re anything like us, you spent the last eight years scheduling your life around Vampire Weekend album releases. “Grandma’s birthday? Nope, sorry… Contra is coming out that day.”

While we’re unsure of our boys’ future in Vampire Weekend, we find comfort in their rising solo projects. Though former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, who will making his live debut as a solo artist at Northside this summer, has been dabbling with production and songwriting side projects for years, it wasn’t until recently that he decided to focus on them full time. Even if we didn’t hold Vampire Weekend super close to our hearts (impossible), ROSTAM would capture our admiration on his own. Those soft, ethereal vocals—they’re like warm chamomile tea — while his conglomerate of experimental sounds echo the White Album, Pet Sounds and other ahead-of-their-time albums in the rock canon.

“I wanted to try to capture the feeling of being in bed with someone and dreaming something wild beside them,” he writes on his Tumblr about the song “Wood.” He hits the nail on the head. His music speaks to those sometimes fuzzy, sometimes sharp emotions that we tend to experience with those people closest to us, those people that see us at our most vulnerable, our most naked—literally and figuratively.

We couldn’t be more honored to have him playing Northside 2016, ushering in Brian Wilson & co. performing Pet Sounds and other selections spanning Wilson’s 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist. That’s a pretty solid way to kick off your own solo career, in our very humble opinion.

Grab tickets  (guarantees entry) or a Music badge (grants entry to all Northside shows on a first-come, first-served basis) to see ROSTAM at McCarren Park on Sunday, June 12 with Hinds and Brian Wilson as a benefit for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), a nonprofit dedicated to building a stronger North Brooklyn by improving 45 parks and playgrounds and getting neighbors involved in their parks.

Then check out ROSTAM’s video for “Gravity Don’t Pull Me.”  

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