This past weekend, Brooklyn’s Northside Festival’s music portion was in full swing. From Thursday to Sunday, some of the best acts in music played in various venues throughout Williamsburg and Bushwick.  The festival as a whole is way more than just music, we caught a keynote from Samsung about Virtual Reality, describing their plans to get the technology into the hands of more people as part of Northside Innovation. They also have a content portion which features speakers from various media. However, of course Rich was there for the music.

The first day had a packed lineup, featuring Eagulls, DIIV, Sunflower Bean, among many others. It was a tough choice to make, but as I posted in our preview, I just couldn’t miss that Wolf Parade and Land of Talk show at McCarren Park, Northside’s largest venue. I also couldn’t miss Diarrhea Planet at Brooklyn Bowl, and despite the potential conflict, I was at both.

Wolf Parade and Land of Talk

The evening was windy, and Land Of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell’s guitars got knocked over, but it didn’t seem to slow down the Canadian indie rockers. The band sounded great as Powell’s voice echoed through the park as it was accompanied by Jace and Olga from Besnard Lakes. As a recently reunited Canadian band, they were the perfect opener for recently reunited Canadian band, Wolf Parade.

Land of Talk
Land of Talk at Northside 2016

Wolf Parade sounded amazing straight from the start. Guitarist Dan Boeckner said this was the largest show they ever played in Brooklyn, and both he and keyboardist Spencer Krug made comments about an imposing high-rise building under construction, likening it to the “Eye of Sauron”.  The set contained new and old songs, including a heavy dose of their first record, Apologies to the Queen Mary.  Overall, the band sounded as good as ever, with a ton of energy, Krug kicking his stool over the stage while Boeckner’s energy resembled a punk rocker 15 years his junior.

Wolf Parade at Northside 2016
Wolf Parade at Northside 2016

Diarrhea Planet

This show appeared to be a conflict with Wolf Parade and Land of Talk, but somehow I arrived at a packed Brooklyn Bowl mere seconds before Diarrhea Planet took the stage.  What came next was a Diarrhea Planet show that will be remembered for ages. Earlier in the day the band recorded a performance for Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the next day was the official release of their new record, Turn to Gold was out the next day, so this was a party atmosphere right from the beginning.  Led by four guitarists, the Nashville band ripped through a set of classics and songs from the new record as the audience crowd surfed and moshed the whole night. At one point guitarist Evan Bird had climbed up on the barrier between the show floor and the bowling alley and was soloing over everyone. It was a really fun show, as you’d expect from Diarrhea Planet.

Diarrhea Planet at Northside 2016
Diarrhea Planet at Northside 2016

Check out the slideshow below for some more pictures, and be sure to check out our recap of day 2 tomorrow!


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