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Nashville's Diarrhea Planet and Daddy Issues at Brooklyn Bowl

DSC01096When my friend Sean told me he wanted to check out Nashville outfit Diarrhea Planet at Brooklyn Bowl last night, I had my suspicions. Expecting another run-of-the-mill hardcore band, I was instead surprised by a tight 90 minute set of straight-ahead rock, fueled by a wall of guitars - five of them, to be exact. The crowd was completely caught up in the popcorn vibe, stage diving their way to indie bliss. Not a bad way to kick off a holiday weekend. All-girl threesome Daddy Issues opened with their own thrashing, high energy set. 

Watch Diarrhea Planet's set from their appearance on Seth Meyers below. More pics on the photo page


Support Karikatura's Kickstarter for "Ghost Light"

KarikaturaTrombonist Dan Lehner, who has written some of our best jazz coverage over the years, is a member of local roots pop band Karikatura, which describes itself as "cumbia meets hip-hop, reggae meets klezmer, and indie-rock meets merengue." Over the years, the band has graduated from gigs in subway stations, to shows in Haiti, to a European tour this summer sponsored by the U.S. State Department. They're currently in the process of producing their second album, "Ghost Light" and have started an all-or-nothing Kickstarter to help pay for it. With less than a week to go, they're now more than halfway to their goal, but could use some help. Check out their music on Bandcamp, then throw them support here if you can. 

 


Northside Festival Opens in McCarren Park with Kamasi Washington and Dirty Projectors

by Steven Pisano

20170608-SP1_4191(All photos by Steven Pisano.)

The 9th annual Northside Festival, running through this Sunday, June 11, offers an eclectic mix of symposiums on technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, advertising, government, video, and other topics. If you are looking to connect with other like-minded people in myriad creative disciplines, Northside definitely has something for you.

Of course, there is an equally wide range of music, which kicked off at McCarren Park on Thursday night with Jay Som, Kamasi Washington, and Dirty Projectors. The audience in the park was smaller than last year's opener when Brian Wilson brought his Pet Sounds tour through the borough. But that was a special one-off.

Kamasi Washington's continuously inventive and forceful music is already on a level that brings to mind John Coltrane or Wynton Marsalis. His tenor sax doesn't have the unique signature that many other jazz greats have had, whereby you can hear a short phrase and know right away who's playing. But then, the most notable aspect of Kamasi Washington's music is that he eschews the soloist limelight.

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