06.13.15 | Against Me! | Northside Festival

Northside Festival, Brooklyn's answer to SXSW, brings hundreds of artists, filmmakers and tech companies to Williamsburg for one week in June. As part of the festival, there are performances every day and night, including Saturday afternoon's free concert featuring Against Me! along with openers, Cayetana and Mitski. 

After waiting around on the hot asphalt for a few hours, circling the vendors offering free ice cream, sodas, and wine, the first band Cayetana took to the stage shortly after 3:30pm for some indie pop punk out of Philadelphia. Formed in 2011, Cayetana is a three piece all-female group, featuring Kelly Olsen, Allegra Anka, and lead vocalist, Augusta Koch. Their debut album, Nervous Like Me is out now on Tiny Engines. 

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Following them was Mitski, a Brooklyn-based singer with a haunting sound that has been described as chamber-pop, punk rock and everything in between. Her musical career came in to being in a somewhat unusual way, as her first two albums, 2012's Lush and 2013's Retired From Sad, New Career in Business, were written and recorded as a senior project at SUNY Purchase. Her latest album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek, on Don Giovanni records, which brings her musical education background to complex song structure and classical elements, while maintaining an edgy, forward-thinking sound. 

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Check out the video for "Townie" below.

Against Me! took to the stage as the sun was beginning bend behind the boxy condos lining the Williamsburg waterfront. Wearing a shirt reading "Gender is Over", lead singer Laura Jane Grace and her band mates did not disappoint, with a rowdy, 90 minute set of old songs and new songs off their latest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which was written around the time that Grace came out as a transgender woman.

Songs included:
  • "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" from Reinventing Axl Rose
  • "Don't Lose Touch" and "Miami" from Searching for Clarity 
  • "Thrash Unreal" and "The Ocean" from New Wave
  • "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" from White Crosses
  • "Unconditional Love" and "Black Me Out" from Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Against Me! is on tour in North America starting with a show tomorrow 6/15 at Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, SC.

Against Me! photo credit MD

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