Sound Of The City's Top Seven Northside Festival Shows

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Kitty Pryde plays the Knitting Factory on Friday night.
This weekend marks the return of the Northside Festival, the Brooklyn-blanketing series of concerts, films, art shows, and discussions of "entrepreneurship" now in its fourth year. The music lineup is pretty jam-packed with bands both local and visiting, and in order to assist you the SOTC staff has put its collective heads together and come up with seven shows over the course of the next four days that you shouldn't miss. (Note that our guide has ticket prices for the shows, because even if you do have a badge, there's a chance that you'll have to pay to get in—badge admissions are limited, thanks to some of the venues being pretty small.)

WHAT: Stone Cold Fox, The Secret History, The Barettas, Graveyard Lovers, Your 33 Black Angels

The Secret History, "Johnny Anorak"

WHERE: Trash Bar
WHEN: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH (without a badge): $8
WHY: Secret History mastermind Michael Grace Jr. has been following his singular vision and making pitch-perfect New Wave opuses for years now, and the chance to see them performed in person shouldn't be missed.—Maura Johnston

WHAT: BrooklynVegan presents Frankie Rose, Caveman, Fort Lean, Hume

Caveman, "Easy Water"

WHERE: Music Hall of Williamsburg
WHEN: Friday, 8 p.m.
HOW MUCH (without a badge): $15
WHY: If Frankie Rose and her fabulously retro'd debut Interstellar aren't enough to get you to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night, the hazy Caveman should. The band's first record—last year's melodic, slightly distorted Coco Beware—slipped by many critics, but their live show is both beautiful and an enjoyable reminder of indie rock's roots.—Eric Sundermann

WHAT: Kitty Pryde

Kitty Pryde, "Okay Cupid"

WHERE: Knitting Factory
WHEN: Friday, 11:59 p.m.
HOW MUCH (without a badge): $12
WHY: Remember Kitty Pryde? The teen rapper might be old in internet cycles, but tonight she makes her in-the-flesh New York debut. Even if she doesn't have enough songs to make it to 12:30, this one still might be worth catching: "Okay Cupid" still knocks, bringing Clams Casino-influenced cloud rap down to Earth, and "Justin Bieber"—well, you can make up your own mind about that one.—Nick Murray


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