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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Northside Festival: Luna, Deli B.E.A.F, Ringo Deathstarr

The Northside Fest in Brooklyn arrived with greater significance than ever this year as legendary alternative rockers Luna played New York for the first time in ten years.


A unique blending of dream pop, emotionally insightful lyrics and at times jam-band guitar forays, the band was formed in 1991 by singer/guitarist Dean Wareham after the breakup of his original group Galaxie 500.


The initial line-up of the band was expanded from a three-piece to four members with the addition of guitarist Sean Eden for their second album, 1994's Bewitched.



Lee Wall became the full time drummer in time for their 1997 album "Pup Tent."



and Britta Phillips joined as bassist 2000.



Phillips and Wareham became romantically involved and eventually married in 2007.



This night of June 11, 2015 held further distinction as it was Britta’s birthday.



They played nearly every classic Luna song in their catalog. The only notable track not played was “Slash Your Tires,” but you simply can’t play them all.



That said they DID however, play for over an hour and a half.


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Earlier in the afternoon, we got in and caught the band doing a soundcheck

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Early arrivals (some reluctant to be photographed) mill about until showtime.


Opening the show was the band Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band


They played an appealing style of extended jams that brought to mind the best elements of The Grateful Dead.


Social Media kept the buzz going


Carrying over anticipation for the Luna tour as it winds around the globe and back again.


A classic celebration of songs who's meaning and edge ring as true as ever.

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At this point in the (still relatively) early evening (around 9 pm ish) I headed over the local Brooklyn venue Muchmore's for The Deli Magazine's NYC B.E.A.F. "Garage / Punk Stage"


I caught a set from local act Sly Moth


I liked their upbeat pop songs right off the bat.


The lead singer combines an appealing combination of qualities that include an understated confidence, good looks musical ability.  The songs are interesting in a Best Coast (at their best) kind of way.


With festival rules in full motion, I scampered out of there and headed a few blocks over to The Grand Victory.


Playing there were the never-to-be-missed-whenever-they-are-in-New-York, long-time friend of this blog and all around gloriously wonderful Ringo Deathstarr

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The summer festival season is in full swing.

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