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5 Acts To Check Out At The 2015 Northside Festival In Brooklyn, NY

Noah Zipper

by Noah Zipper

Published June 01, 2015

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For four days later this month, Brooklyn will be crawling with literally hundreds of the best musical acts in nearly every genre, making it hard to decide which concerts to go to. The Northside Festival takes place once a year, and brings together musicians, film-makers, and innovators from all over the world to showcase them as well as the borough itself. And with such a large list to choose from, let Zumic give you a jumping off point. Starting with a some obvious-but-necessary picks and working our way to a few more obscure ones, here are five acts you've got to check out at the 2015 Northside Festival:

1. Run The Jewels

LYRICS

 

 

Run The Jewels "Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)" Lyrics:

 

 


Run them jewels fast, run them, run them jewels fast
Run them, run them, r-run them, r-run them, run them
Fuck the slow mo

 

Fashion slave, you protestin' to get in a fuckin' look book
Everything I scribble's like an anarchist's cookbook
(Look good, posin' in the centerfold of Crook Book)
Black on black on black with the ski mask, that is my crook look
How you like my stylin', bruh?, ain't nobody smilin', bruh
'Bout to turn this mothafucka up like Riker's Island, bruh
Where my thuggers and my crippers and my blooders and my brothers?
When you niggas gon' unite and kill the police, mothafuckas?
Or take over a jail, give them COs hell
The burnin' of the sulfur, goddamn I love the smell
Now get to pillow torchin', where the fuck the warden?
And when you find him, we don't kill him, we just waterboard him
We killin' them for freedom cause they tortured us for boredom
And even if some good ones die, fuck it, the Lord'll sort 'em

We out a order, your honor, you're out a order
This whole court is unimportant, you fuckers are walkin' corpses
I'm a flip wig synonym livin' within distortion
I'll bite into a cyanide molar before you whores win
I'm a New Yorkian, I'm fucked from the jump
I wear my Yankee so tilted I actually walk with a hunch
Look at Mikey, I think he likey, we are sinister sons
(And we the type to greet the preacher with a grin and a gun)

Run them jewels fast, run them, run them jewels fast
Run them, run them, r-run them, r-run them, run them, r-run them
Run them jewels fast, run them, run them jewels fast
Run them, run them, r-run them, r-run them, run them, r-run them

A wise man once said, ("We all dead, fuck it")
Just spit it disgustin' youngin' and hold your nuts while you gunnin'
I listened, tatted the sentence on my dick last summer
Now I'll never get that phrase off my brain, it's no wonder
I'm here to buy hearts, I got hundreds, honey
The cheaper the parts, the better buy for the money
I'm trained in vagina whisperin', glistenin', waitin' for the christenin'
I know the neighbors can't help but listen in
A dirty boy who come down on the side of dissonance
I can't even relax without sirens off in the distances
Not shittin' you, little buddy, this fuckin' island's a prison
The only solace I have is the act of conjugal visitin'

My solitary condition's preventin' conjugal visits
Though mainly missin' my missus, they keepin' me from my children
Conditions create a villain, the villain is given' vision
The vision becomes a vow to seek vengeance on all the vicious
Liars and politicians, profiteers of the prisons
The forehead engravers and slavers of men and women
Includin' members of clergy that rule on you through religion
(He'll strip your kids to the nude and then tell 'em God will forgive 'em)

Run them jewels fast, run them, run them jewels fast
Run them, run them, r-run them, r-run them, run them, r-run them
Run them jewels fast, run them, run them jewels fast
Run them, run them, r-run them, r-run them, run them, r-run them

It's De La on the cut,liftin' 6 on your snitchin' crew
I'm miles ahead of you, you can sip my bitches brew
My battle status is burnin' mansions from Dallas to Malibu
Check my résumé, your residence is residue
Call her a skin job and my honey dip'll backflip for you
You playin' God, your eye sockets she gon' rip in two
We sick of bleedin' out a trace, spray a victim, you
Done dyin', Phillip AK Dickin' you
With clips in the bottom, we dippin' from Gotham
Yes eclipsed by the shadows, a dark dance to the coffin
I'm a fellow with melanin, suspect of a felony
Ripped like Rakim Allah, feds is checkin' my melody
Yes aggressively tested we'll bump stretchers and penalties
Dump cases with face and the cop pleas when we seizin' a pump
With reason to dump on you global grand dragons
Still pilin' fast bucks, Afghani toe taggin'
Now they trackin' me and we bustin' back, see
The only thing that close quicker than our caskets be the factories

Run them jewels fast, run them, run them jewels fast
Run them, run them, r-run them, r-run them, run them, r-run them
Run them jewels fast, run them, run them jewels fast
Run them, run them, r-run them, r-run them, run them, r-run them

 

This hardcore hip hop duo have been making waves ever since their first album release in 2014. With their brutal and clever lyrics, huge beats, and stellar live performances, this is a definitely a group to check out. Run The Jewels is performing with Vince Staples and Sleigh Bells at 50 Kent Avenue on Sunday, June 14.

2. Built To Spill

LYRICS

 

 

Built To Spill "Carry The Zero" Lyrics:

 

 


I'm not knocking your want
To carry that home

 

Took it with you
When you moved and got it broke

Found the pieces
We counted them all alone

Didn't add up
Forgot to carry a zero

I can't be your
Apologist very long

I'm surprised that
You'd want to carry that on

Count your blemishes
You can't
They're all gone

I can't see your response
Putting them back on

Like they're waiting for your guard to fall
So they can see it all and you're so
Occupied with what other persons are
Occupied with
And vice versa

And you've become
What you thought was dumb
A fraction of the sum

Yeah, you've become
Yeah, you have become

A fraction of the sum
The middle and the front

And now it's coming back
Hasn't it come too far?

I was trying to help but I guess
I pushed too hard

Now we can't even touch it
Afraid it'll fall apart

 

Built To Spill have been cranking out their signature mix of alternative songwriting and loud, melodic rock since the '90s, but now is a great time to see them. Coming fresh off the release of their album Untethered Moon, they are set to perform with a batch of great new tunes for vocalist / guitarist Doug Martsch to shred over. You can catch Built To Spill with Alvvays, Best Coast, and Bully at 50 Kent Avenue on Saturday, June 13.

3. Pusha T

LYRICS

 

 

Pusha T "Nosetalgia" Lyrics:

 

 


20 plus years of selling Johnson & Johnson
I started out as a baby face monster
No wonder there's diaper rash on my conscience
My teething ring was numbed by the nonsense
Gem Star razor and a dinner plate
Arm and hammer and a mason jar, that's my dinner date
Then crack the window in the kitchen, let it ventilate
Cause I let it sizzle on the stove like a minute steak
Nigga, I was crack in the school zone
Two beepers on me, Starter jacket that was two toned
Four lockers, four different bitches got their mule on
Black Ferris Bueller, cutting school with his jewels on
Couldn't do wrong with a chest full of chains and a arm full of watches
What I sell for pain in the hood, I'm a doctor
Zhivago tried to fight the urge like Ivan Drago, if he dies he dies
Like Doughboy to Tre, if he rides he rides
Throwing punches in his room, if he cries he cries
We don't drink away the pain, when a nigga die
We add a link to the chain, inscribe a nigga name in your flesh
We playing on a higher game of chess
Once you delegate his bills who gon' fuck his bitch the best?
A million megapixels of the Pyrex
Started on the scale digital, my only Timex
Nigga, this is timeless, simply cause it's honest
Pure as the fumes that be fucking with my sinus
Nigga this is Simon says, Simon red
Blood on your diamonds 'til you dying – dead, yuugh!

 

"You better change what comes out your speaker"
"Dee-dee-dee, dah-dee, dah-dee, dee-dee, dah-dee, day-ah" (What is it?)

You wanna see a dead body?
Instrumentals from my momma's Christmas party
Troubles on my mind
I still smell crime, my little brother crying
Smokers repeatedly buying my Sega Genesis either that
Or my auntie was stealing it, hit the pipe and start feeling it
Oh wee, cut me some slack, weed never did that
This was different, geez, Louise please help me relax
Quantum physics could never show you the world I was in
When I was ten, back when nine ounces had got you ten
And nine times out of ten, niggas don't pay attention
And when there's tension in the air nines come with extensions
My daddy turned a quarter piece to a four and a half
Took a L, started selling soap fiends bubble bath
Broke his nails misusing his pinky to treat his nose
Shirt buttoned open, taco meat laying on his gold
I said "Daddy, one day I'mma get you right with 36 zips
1000 grams of cocaine then your name will be rich
Now you can rock it up or sell it soft as leather interior
Drop some ice cubes in it, Deebo on perimeter"
He said "Son, how come you think you be my connect?"
I said "Pops, your ass is washed up with all due respect"
He said "Well nigga, then show me how it all makes sense"
Go figure, mothafucka, every verse is a brick, your son dope, nigga
Now reap what you sowed, nigga (Please reap what you sowed, nigga)
I was born in '87, my grand daddy a legend
Now the same shit that y'all was smoking is my profession, let's get it

"You better change what comes out your speaker"
"They must be on the dick of who?"

 

Pusha T is an unstoppable force in the world of hip hop. With his popularly and critically loved 2013 album My Name Is My Name, much-hyped single "Lunch Money," and more music coming soon, catch him while he's still on such a creative hot streak. Pusha T is performing at the House Of Vans' A-OK Collective Showcase on Saturday, June 13 with DJ Envy.

4. Rhye

LYRICS

 

 

Rhye "The Fall" Lyrics:

 

 


Make love to me
One more time
Before you go away
Why can't you stay?

 

My love
Come home to me
Just for a while
I'll leave this piece of me
Why can't you stay?

Don't run away
Don't slip away my dear
Don't run away
Don't slip away my dear
Don't run away

The song is gone
It fell into the fall
But I don't want it this way
Why can't you stay?

Don't run away, don't slip away my dear
Don't run away, don't slip away my dear
Dont run away

There should be words
There should be words that explain the way
But I'm tongue tied and twisted

Don't run away, don't slip away my dear

 

The unlikely duo of Canadian singer Milosh and Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal have created an experimental and simultaneously catchy pop sound out of their R&B / electronic / neo-soul act, Rhye. Their mellow and highly intimate sound should be great to catch live. Rhye will be opening for Neko Case along with Majikal Cloudz at 50 Kent Avenue on Friday, June 12.

5. Bully

LYRICS

 

 

Bully "Trying" Lyrics:

 

 


That kinkied up, invisible handcuffs locked on me
Been praying for my period all week
And relief that I just can't see

 

I question everything, my focus, my figure, my sexuality
And how much it matters or why it would mean anything
I can't keep together, I've been better
I've been thinking about it every night

I'm trying, I am
I'm trying, I am
Trying to hate from my mind, I am
Trying all the time, I am
Trying to hate from my mind, I am
Trying, trying all of mine

But kinkied up, there's no flawless education just a stupid play
I feel enough growing so far from myself
I can't reach, I can't reach, I can't reach
So brush it off, ‘cause I wanted that it's been dusting up
When you walk like that, here's a shit,
There's a wick that will keep yourself from checkers
All these loaded questions gonna eat you alive

I'm trying, I am
I'm trying, I am
Trying to hate from my mind, I am
Trying all the time, I am
Trying to hate from my mind, I am
Trying, trying all of mine

If it kills for anything
I didn't want to
I'm just looking for a clarity
To help me to get through
If you're setting your ways
Well get enough to
It's absolutely that I can break it down for you
To feel the beast, to leave on leash
To come right back to you

I'm trying, I am
I'm trying, I am
Trying to hate from my mind, I am
Trying all the time, I am
Trying to hate from my mind, I am
Trying, trying all of mine
Won't lie, why you mind

 

While the charts may be jam-packed with lo-fi garage rock, especially acts featuring female singers, Bully stands out from the pack. The edginess in her tone and the beautifully simple melodies she creates sets her apart from the pop chart-friendly hits from many other bands. As stated above, Bully is performing with Built To Spill, Alvvays, and Best Coast on Saturday, June 13 at 50 Kent Avenue.

Bonus: Against Me!

LYRICS

 

 

Against Me! "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" Lyrics:

 

 


Your tells are so obvious,
Shoulders too broad for a girl.
It keeps you reminded,
Helps you remember where you come from.

 

You want them to notice,
The ragged ends of your summer dress.
You want them to see you
Like they see every other girl.
They just see a faggot.
They'll hold their breath not to catch the sick.

Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could've spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could've spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast,
I wish I could've spent the whole day alone
With you.
With you.

You've got no cunt in your strut.
You've got no hips to shake.
And you know it's obvious,
But we can't choose how we're made.

You want them to notice,
The ragged ends of your summer dress.
You want them to see you
Like they see every other girl.
They just see a faggot.
They'll hold their breath not to catch the sick.

Rough surf on the coast
I wish I could've spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast
I wish I could've spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast
I wish I could've spent the whole day alone
With you.
With you.

You want them to notice,
The ragged ends of your summer dress.
You want them to see you
Like they see every other girl.
They just see a faggot.
They'll hold their breath not to catch the sick.

Rough surf on the coast
I wish I could've spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast
I wish I could've spent the whole day alone
Rough surf on the coast
I wish I could've spent the whole day alone
With you.
With you.

With you.

 

Against Me! is a punk band from Gainesville, Florida that have been making aggressive yet anthemic music since 2001. The reason they are a bonus on this list -- other than the fact that they rock -- is that the show they are playing at McCarren Park on Saturday, June 13 is free. All you have to do is RSVP on their website.
 
 
The 2015 Northside Festival begins on June 8, with musical performances running from June 11-14. You can pick up tickets for individual shows or purchase a music badge for access to all the music events and exclusive parties at NorthsideFestival.com.

Stay tuned to Zumic for post-festival coverage.
 
 

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