In May Parquet Courts returned with new album Wide Awake! via Rough Trade Records and it’s unsurprisingly yet another fantastic album from the band who are proving to be one of the most reliable bands of this decade. They took part in this year’s Northside Festival in unique fashion dubbing their three shows over the weekend with the marquee of “Land, Sea, and Air.” The land show was at Public Arts, the sea show was on the Liberty Belle Rocks Off Concert Cruise boat, while the air show took place on Elsewhere’s Rooftop space.

We caught the show out at sea on the Liberty Belle on Sunday, June 10 and what an experience this was. Following a performance by Ethiopian jazz legend Hailu Mergia, Parquet Courts emerged to bring the rock party to the sea. It didn’t take long for the crowd to turn up the notch on rowdiness with full out moshing taking place by the time they kicked into the new album’s first single “Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience.” The band sounded as tight as ever, finding some new avenues along the way with the new direction found on bouncy, and almost danceable cuts such as title track, “Wide Awake.” With plenty of the band’s trademark humor including situational bits about possible mutiny from the crowd, this was every bit as wild of a party as one would expect from a Parquet Courts show on a freaking boat.

Find the full setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from both Parquet Courts and Hailu Mergia.

Hailu Mergia:

Parquet Courts:

Parquet Courts Setlist:

1. Total Football
2. Dust
3. Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience
4. Freebird II
5. Before the Water Gets Too High
6. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World @Cover[d6ed7887-a401-47a8-893c-34b967444d26]
7. Dear Ramona
8. Master of My Craft
9. Borrowed Time
10. Wide Awake
11. Psycho Structures
12. Back to Earth
13. Normalization
14. Outside
15. NYC Observation
16. Extinction
17. Mardi Gras Beads
18. One Man No City
19. Light Up Gold II

Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt is a one-man San Diego-based indie slacker project who is set to release new album Vegas Of Feelings on July 13 via Already Dead Tapes.

“The Locals” is the chill first single from the album which perfectly taps in into the hazy slacker bedroom rock that they make seem so easy. Perfect for a listen on a summer day such as today, you can find a stream of “The Locals” below.

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All Photos by Dutch Doscher

Mark Oliver Everett returned this year with The Deconstruction, his first new Eels album in four years. He’s been touring hard in support of the new album, including a performance in New York on June 9 at Brooklyn Steel. It had been four years since we last saw him play at The Apollo Theater.

Along with new songs and classics from Everett’s ever-expansive career, Eels also devoted a good chunk of the set to covers of famous tracks such as Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and “When You Were Mine,” along with The Who’s “Out In the Street,” and Brian Wilson’s “Love and Mercy.”

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from his performance at Brooklyn Steel, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below, along with the setlist.

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With its newest release Floating Features (out via Hardly Art), surf-rockers La Luz released one of the years best albums that is an absolutely stellar follow-up to 2015’s Weirdo Shrine. In fact, the last time we saw the band was earlier this year at Elsewhere where we were expecting to hear more new material but didn’t get much at all. As soon as we heard they were coming back to New York City to play Baby’s All Right as part of this years Northside Festival, we knew exactly where we’d be on June 9th.

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One of the marquee shows of the 2018 Northside Festival was Liz Phair who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her classic album Exile in Guyville. She reissued the album along with her Girly-Sound cassettes via Matador and has been touring in support of the reissue. This included a super intimate performance for her on June 7 at National Sawdust as a part of the festival.
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On the eve of Snail Mail’s first full-length major label debut, Lindsey Jordan and her band made a stop in New York as part of Northside Festival to play an album release show (just two days after opening up for Belle and Sebastian in Connecticut). Her new album Lush (which is out now via Matador) is guaranteed to end up on many ‘best-of’ roundups by years end, so getting to see the band play at Music Hall of Williamsburg was an absolute treat (you know, before she opens up for a small band named Interpol at a small venue called Madison Square Garden next year). Opening the night up was Corridor as well as Lionlimb.

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All photos by Qbertplaya

The talented Kaki King has started her own label Short Stuff Records, bringing on Brooklyn singer Treya Lam as the label’s first signing. On June 7 Kaki King set up a special performance at Joe’s Pub serving as the record release for Lam’s new album Good News, which King also produced.

King kicked things off with a short opening set, before handing the night over to Lam who gave fans a taste of the new album with King sitting in on drums.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was there to capture photos from both performances, all of which you can find posted in the gallery below.

Kaki King:

Treya Lam:

Scottish indie rock mainstays Belle and Sebastian are on tour in support of How to Solve Our Human Problems, their collection of three EP’s that they’ve released via Matador Records from last December to this past February. Their tour brought them to the tri-state area for a pretty intimate showing at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 6, ahead of a much bigger New York performance at Forest Hills Stadium just two days later.

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All photos by Dave Scholten

English singer-songwriter Frank Turner returned on May 4 with new album Be More Kind, which was released via Polydor Records.

On June 6 he and his band The Sleeping Souls brought the album’s tour to New York for a performance at Playstation Theater on June 6. Our photographer Dave Scholten was there to capture photos from Turner’s performance.

Find his shots in the photo gallery below, along with the setlist.

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