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Northside Festival music lineup: Bands to check out

The Northside Festival is one of the few in New York that makes the city part of the event. The fest, which covers music, innovation and content, features 300 bands and 150 speakers in 30 venues across Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. It also includes a two-day block party that will fill Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg with interactive installations, sculpture and performance art.

This year's headliners include Dirty Projectors, Miguel, Kamasi Washington and Thursday. Here are some other acts worth seeking out.

The music portion of the festival runs June 7-9. For the full schedule, check northsidefestival.com.

Aldous Harding

New Zealand's Aldous Harding writes the kind of
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New Zealand's Aldous Harding writes the kind of songs that require your full attention. Her new album, "Party," was produced by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish. Many of the songs arrive with spare instrumentation, putting the focus squarely on her voice, which has the drama and ability to shape shift seen in artists like Harvey and Kate Bush. (Thursday, Park Church Co-Op, 129 Russell St.; Saturday, Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway)

Big Thief

Brooklyn's Big Thief is celebrating its new album,
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Brooklyn's Big Thief is celebrating its new album, "Capacity," with a release day show at Rough Trade. On last year's "Masterpiece," the band tackled issues like love, loss and death with Americana-influenced indie rock. Singer Adrianne Lenker says the new album has "a darker darkness and a lighter light." (Friday, Rough Trade, 64 N. 9th St.)

Girlpool

On its 2015 debut, Girlpool won fans with
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On its 2015 debut, Girlpool won fans with its intimate, harmony-laden lo-fi indie folk. For its new album, "Powerplant," the band added a drummer and expanded its sound, but what remains most compelling is the connection between longtime friends and bandleaders Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. (Friday, Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave.)

Flock of Dimes

Flock of Dimes is the solo project of
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Flock of Dimes is the solo project of indie rock band Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner. Its moody '80s-influenced synth pop songs provide a different backdrop to display her knack for hooks. (Friday, Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway)

Ian Sweet

Ian Sweet is not a band but a
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Ian Sweet is not a band but a trio that makes lo-fi alt-rock with a late '90s feel. On the band's debut album, "Shapeshifter," the melodies provide a counterweight to singer Jillian Medford's lyrics about dealing with depression and anxiety. (Friday, Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave.)

Julia Holter

Holter's atmospheric music encompasses classical composition, avant-garde jazz,
Photo Credit: Julia Holter via Northside Festival

Holter's atmospheric music encompasses classical composition, avant-garde jazz, film scores, electronica and pop songwriting. While this may sound like a challenging listen, her songs have a way of drawing you in to the universe she creates. (Saturday, National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th St.)

Downtown Trip featuring Craig Leon and Martin Rev

The forward-thinking festival will pause to take a
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The forward-thinking festival will pause to take a look back with this showcase featuring New York legends from the punk scene of the late '70s and early '80s. The concert will feature a collaboration between Martin Rev of electronic punk pioneers Suicide and Craig Leon, who produced the Ramones' debut, among other classic albums. They'll be joined by post-punk band Bush Tetras and emcee Lydia Lunch. (Friday, The Hall at MP, 470 Driggs Ave.)

Hoops

Hoops began as a bedroom electronica project but
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Hoops began as a bedroom electronica project but morphed into catchy, '80s-influenced lo-fi pop, with many songs clocking in under three minutes. The group features three singers and songwriters switching off vocals and instruments, making for subtle variations on a coherent sound. (Thursday, Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway)

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