NYTIMES: Northside Festival Adds Activism and Politics to the Music

NYTIMES: Northside Festival Adds Activism and Politics to the Music

The band Girlpool, with Cleo Tucker, left, and Harmony Tividad, will play at the Northside Festival.

Appearing in this Sunday’s New York Times:

The Northside Festival has grown from a sprawling, centerless but small affair into a sprawling, slightly more centered and improbably huge event — Brooklyn’s version of SXSW. From Wednesday, June 7, to Sunday, there will be an innovation series, with speakers from the worlds of new media, entertainment, marketing, activism and politics, including Mayor Bill de Blasio. And as always, there will be music, so much of it that Northside is beginning to resemble the old CMJ festival, which was for many years the most important accounting of musical taste in the city.

Some recommendations from the dozens of acts on the schedule: Lexie, the new side project from Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos; BJ the Chicago Kid, an R&B singer with an old soul and a youthful attitude; and Girlpool, the insistent band that just released a supple new album, “Powerplant.” (northsidefestival.com)

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