When: June 12th-15th
Where: Brooklyn, New York
Why Go: Northside (named for the general swath of Brooklyn in which it takes place) sits precariously between two festival poles – mega-priced behemoth with behemoth bands to match vs. Hunger Games for maybe-up-maybe-coming buzz bands – without ever really being either. Mixed in with Brooklyn festival mainstays like Beirut (who more or less play Northside every year) and Titus Andronicus (from New Jersey, but basically qualifying) are the likes of Syrian artist Omar Souleyman and Canadian composer Mas Ysa. Even better, several shows, including Chvrches on the 15th, are free or all-ages – and the festival’s relatively small size means you still might actually get to see them.
15 Must-See Acts: Beirut, Titus Andronicus, Omar Souleyman, Sharon Van Etten, Talib Kweli, Mas Ysa, Chvrches, Big Ups, Eleanor Friedberger, Low Fat Getting High, Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Yvette, Washer, Beach Fossils