Here are the best acts of Northside Festival 2012
It's hard to fathom that the Northside Festival is only in its fourth iteration, yet so it goes in the startup age, when culture itself seems scalable.
The L Magazine-organized event has quickly matured into a legit locus for music, art and film, but this year adds an on-trend emphasis on entrepreneurship, featuring local industry champs like Etsy and MakerBot alongside the 350-plus bands currently scheduled.
To help make the tough decisions, here are five acts amNewYork can recommend:
GZA with Grupo Fantasma
A festival isn't complete these days without a classic album performed in its entirety, and so the Brooklyn-bred Wu-Tang Clan legend will once again be performing his 1995 solo debut "Liquid Swords," this time intriguingly accompanied by the Austin-based Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma.
This up-and-coming Virginia indie-rock trio puts an exuberant edge on propulsive, '80s-style post-punk, and recently released their sophomore album, "Correct Behavior," to critical acclaim.
With his recipe of diary-stolen lyrics that nail modern life to the wall and reliably gentle acoustic strumming, this Swedish softy warrants serious appreciation, and just announced a new album, "I Know What Love Isn't," due this fall.
This Australian quartet plays a pure strain of speedy garage punk, one that draws on the ancient well of American soul and R&B that powered the likes of the Kinks before they got fancy.
Perhaps no act on the slate can match the transporting quality of a Tinariwen show. Hailing from the deserts of Northern Mali, the hard-touring collective plays an utterly hypnotic amalgam of Western guitar and traditional Tuareg rhythms that makes the "world music" tag feel accurate for once.
If you go: The Northside Festival runs tomorrow through June 21. Ticket and venue info: northsidefestival.com.