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.)

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2010: The Year In Music Photos

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The year in music, circa 2010, started at the Cake Shop, with a shred-down to the New Year courtesy of Siren Festival MVP-to-be Marissa Paternoster and her band Screaming Females. After a tour through the NYE fetes of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, that night ended amidst a marathon show at Bushwick's Shea Stadium, right around the time the Blastoids' drummer poured paint on his kit and started splattering away.

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Live: DâM-FunK Abides By The G Code At Fort Greene Park

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Just another relaxing Tuesday evening in the park. Pics by Rebecca Smeyne, way more below.
DâM-FunK
Fort Greene Park
Tuesday, August 10

Can't believe it's taken me this long to experience an unironic keytar solo. "You know we came to kill this motherfucker for you today!" DâM-FunK announces, and after wailing on that thing for 90 seconds or so you are inclined to believe him. Meanwhile, a concerned-looking woman hurriedly shuffles three children out of the front row, which means they aren't around an hour or so later when our star attraction jumps into the crowd and gives us a chance to lean into the mic and scream, "It's my life, I do what I want!" Too bad.

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Q&A: Dâm-Funk on Modern Funk and Back Alley Keytar Deals

"I was tired of seeing the bell-bottomed guy with the rainbow Afro on compilation covers. It made a mockery of what funk is."

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Matthew Scott
Dâm-Funk

The last time New York was privy to the backlit neon glow of Los Angeles' Damon Riddick a/k/a Dâm-Funk, he was on a (motherfucking) boat. It was just him, and us, and his silver stallion of a keytar moving along the Hudson. The Stones Throw artist's self-described "modern funk" music works well in front of this kind of murkily sparkling backdrop; synths glide and collide with syncopated drumbeats that simultaneously reach for the stars, as well as the '80s.

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Inexplicably Fantastic: DāM-FunK Covers The Human League's "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of"

This is extremely well done. Video gets a little hokey after awhile (Gummi Bears, trampolines, numerous emoticons, flaming Oreos, etc.) but this is first-rate robotic new-wave; gotta love the goatee (and the magic carpet).

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