When we approached the idea of doing another Northside show, we tried to create a lineup that would be diverse without feeling forced; an oasis in a sea of the usual suspects if you will.
While some of the bands shared common musical threads, each admitted to not knowing who everyone on the bill was. That alone is a very difficult task to pull off in this borough, and yet it was obvious everyone was at ease. From the seamless flow of seven bands in six hours (thanks Edan), to the presence of fellow musicians like Kyp Malone, Rob Barber, Sharon van Etten, Andrya Ambro and O.J. San Felipe in the audience, I would say comfortable was the vibe of the night.
It didn't happen by accident, but to say this lineup was our intended goal from the outset would be misleading. We've asked Dark Dark Dark and Frankie Rose to play shows multiple times in the past, but I never foresaw them on the same bill, let alone with Matteah Baim separating them. Our friend Hunter Hunt Hendrix opened the night with his newest project, Union, with Eliza Douglas, before making way for two of our favorite young bands (and also great friends) Coasting and Total Slacker. But I would be remiss not to mention the incredible Jana Hunter and her contribution to the show. When Lower Dens agreed to play, it was the catalyst for many of the other bands to play.