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Mini Me’s, Selfie Scanners and Other Futuristic Finds at Northside Innovation Expo

The Northside Innovation Expo features zero gravity chairs, umbrella vending machines, 3D selfie scanners and more. (Photos: Karissa Gall)

The Northside Innovation Expo features zero gravity chairs, umbrella vending machines, 3D selfie scanners and more. (Photos: Karissa Gall)

Dreamcrusher’s “nihilist queer revolt musik” and the other bands worth seeing aren’t the only innovators at Northside Festival this year. Today at the Brooklyn Expo Center, entrepreneurs, industry heavyweights and the b2b enterprises in between are on elevator pitch-mode from 10 am to 6 pm. Here’s a look at what constitutes cutting-edge this year, minus all the awkwardness of approaching a booth that ends up being of no interest, looking at the one eager staffer there and saying “hi” because now you feel like you owe it to them, taking one last look at the fanned out informational materials, feigning thoughtfulness, then distraction, and casually walking away.

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10 Must-See Shows at This Year’s Northside Music Festival

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

Mannequin Pussy (Photo: John Ambrosio)

Next week, Northside Festival promises to bring the already music-saturated borough of Brooklyn to the brink of complete and total music-ocalypse. Now in its eighth year, the festival brings together some of hippest bands that oh-so-hip North Brooklyn has to offer with shows across several venues in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. Choosing which of the 400 musical acts to see and which of the 38 venues to go to is a daunting task. So to help you decide where to focus your time, energy and discerning ears over the course of six days (June 6-12), we’ve put together a list of the top ten shows.

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Heems On Rachel Dolezal, Getting Political, and How Hip-Hop Is Like an Ex-Girlfriend

Heems. (Photo Credit: Shivani Gupta).

Heems. (Photo Credit: Shivani Gupta).

We caught Himanshu Suri (known by his stage name, Heems) after his performance this weekend at Northside Festival. The rapper and visual artist from Queens, formerly of the group Das Rascist, will travel across North America for his Eat Pray Thug tour — the lineup for which was just announced. Among other things, he talked to us about “Damn, Girl,” a straight-faced song off the new album, and the choreography for the recently released video. He was open and friendly during our chat, though he would say only “no comment” when asked about the criticism he received for his use of the N-word during his talk in London, “The Policing of Brown Bodies Post 9/11.” Here’s what he said before that.

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Feeling Down? Pop Into This Williamsburg Therapy Bubble

(Photo: Rob Scher)

(Photo: Rob Scher)

The doctor is in (a plastic igloo opposite McCarren Park).

As if feeding, entertaining and educating weren’t enough, earlier today Northside Festival added “solving existential ennui” to the list. Now you can duck into an inflatable plastic dome for the talking (or rather, messaging) cure.

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Will This Bushwicker’s Sharing App, Kite, Become ‘Instagram For News’?

Trond Werner Hansen. (Photo: Sam Gillette)

Trond Werner Hansen. (Photo: Sam Gillette)

Sure, Facebook is launching Instant Articles, and Apple News is also on the way — but a Bushwick resident is hoping the app he just launched at Northside Festival will be the future of news consumption.

“The big boys want to host your content and we don’t think that’s right,” said Trond Werner Hansen at the launch of Kite yesterday. The free iOS app allows you to share articles without the interference of algorithms and to view articles shared by those you follow without the clutter of sponsored content. In short, it’s “Instagram for news,” said Hansen.

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Sasheer Zamata and Ben Warheit Channel Reality and Surreality For Their Web Shows

Screen-Shot-2015-06-12-at-10.54.24-AMInstead of espresso, how about a shot of comedy? If you have to go to a panel discussion around 10 a.m., let it be one in which Brooklyn’s own Sasheer Zamata, of Saturday Night Live, and Ben Warheit, writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers, play clips from their Above Average shows. That’s what we were treated to yesterday at “Building Comedy and Growing America’s Best Comedy,” one in a series of Northside Festival talks continuing today at Kinfolk 94.

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Shows: Give in to the Festivities or Frolic with the Punks

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Northside Festival is here, which means all your favorite venues are going to be filled with butt loads of people. If you’re hitting up any one of your usual spots in Brooklyn for a show this weekend– even this year’s venue newcomers like Alphaville, Aviv, and Pet Rescue are in the fest’s fold– chances are it’s going to be a Northside joint. So if you’re gonna really get out there and do the damn thing this weekend, save yourself some trubz and grip a pass. You may lament the crowds, but you can’t deny that a festival brings something like pure joy to your usual Friday or Saturday night kicks.

Based on what we’ve learned from close observers of festival culture, you’re likely to see naturally occurring people dressed in cringe-inducing headdresses and bro boats shotgunning beers. But since this is North Brooklyn and not Bro-chella, we’re guessing the headwear will be a little more culturally self-aware (e.g. an ode to 19th century farmers who had it made or something) and at least those beers will be craft. But remember, Northside may be the thing to do, but it’s not all there is.

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Watch Lane Moore Channel John Waters in the Video For ‘Philadelphia’

Moore rocking out. (Photo Credit: Katia Temkin)

Moore rocking out. (Photo Credit: Katia Temkin)

It turns out Lane Moore isn’t just the host of comedy show Tinder LIVE! and the sex and relationships editor at Cosmopolitan.com — she’s also been a songwriter and musician since she was well under five feet tall. In 2009 (when she was a bit taller), she came up with the band name It Was Romance and then went on a hunt for the perfect bandmates. Together they’ve been creating music that Lane describes as “the Black Keys meets Fiona Apple meets 1960s girl groups, with some Yeah Yeah Yeahs in there.” If you’re curious to hear what that sounds like, check out the new video for the song “Philadelphia,” off the band’s self-titled debut album.

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Festival Frenzy: Northside and Bushwick Open Studios Reveal All

Untitled-1Two of the summer’s biggest fests, Bushwick Open Studios and Northside Festival, have now revealed their full schedules and lineups, showing us just what we can expect next month. To make things extra fun, they’re running back-to-back this year, with BOS slated for June 5 to 7, and Northside happening June 8 to 14. So, yeah, cancel any plans to hit the new Riis Park Beach Bazaar during those dates.

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Tix For Northside Fetival’s Newly Announced Outdoor Shows Just Went On Sale

https_proxyFeel that warm thing on your face? That’s called “the sun” and thank God, there’s more of it where that came from because it’ll soon be festival season. By “festival season” we, of course, mean Northside Festival because, let’s face it, you’re too old to trek out to Randall’s Island for some rave and not old enough to wheel a stroller to Prospect Park for Chaka Khan (though Modest Mouse? Maybe). Northside Festival, which lets you see a bunch of bands and listen to maddeningly abstract conversations about the Future of Now* without having to pay $200 to crash on some Texan’s couch, announced its lineup this week and put some of its outdoor shows on sale today.
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Festival Frenzy: Northside Badges On Sale, Mexican Summer Launches 'New Myths'

New Myths (main)Take a break from scouring Airbnb for remotely affordable places to stay during SXSW, cuz passes just became available for a couple of other first-rate festivals. First off, early-bird badges went today for Brooklyn’s own Northside Festival, set for June 8 to 14 this year. Prices are $25 for Film (around 50 films are expected), $70 for Music (around 400 bands), and $245 for Innovation (around 150 speakers).
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Soaking Up Rays (and Frozen Margs) With Bridey Elliott of Fort Tilden

Fort Tildenscreening tomorrow at Northside Festival, depicts a pair of naive, privileged, and self-obsessed friends journeying to the Rockaways. It’s a sunny, snarky quest to some very funny places.
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