Suffocating humidity. Subway cars with ailing A/C. The delicate, wafting aroma of sidewalk trash heaps. Summer in New York City truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
We know the savagery of the sweaty season is reason enough to make like Snake Plisskin (that's an "Escape From New York" reference, in case you don't know) the second the clock strikes 5 on Friday, but this weekend the city might just be the coolest place.
Beginning on Thursday, the Northside Festival will colonize every venue, bar and back room in Williamsburg and Greenpoint for four straight days of indie-rock reverie. Saturday brings the inaugural Governors Ball Music Festival, a one-day, two-stage blowout with a high-profile lineup that is sure to fire up fans of ferry-boat rides.
In this unscientific sampling, amNewYork takes a look at some of the weekend's hottest acts:
Witness the precise moment when the buzz meets the band as stateside ears get their first taste of these young, harsh-edged Danish punk rockers. Public Assembly, 70 N. Sixth St., Friday, 12:30 a.m.
Like food trucks and frozen yogurt chains, the Balkan-tinged folk of Brooklynite Zach Condon inspires ridiculous devotion. With siren-voiced Sharon Van Etten. McCarren Park, Williamsburg, Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Watch a moderately successful band (Deer Tick) pay homage to a massively successful one (Nirvana). Yeah, that's the ticket! Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Sunday, 9 p.m.
Empire of the Sun
You may not remember Australian electro-popper Luke Steele from the Sleepy Jackson, but after seeing the bonkers stage show of his new band, you won't have any trouble. At all. (Dancing swordfish-ladies, anyone?) Governors Island, Saturday, 8 p.m.
Anyone named Sir Lucious Left Foot is OK in our book. If that person is 50 percent of Outkast and ready to level a crowd with "Shutterbugg," even better. Governors Island, Saturday, 7 p.m.
If you go: For ticket and schedule information for the Northside Festival, go to thelmagazine.com/blogs/northsidefestivalnews. For Governors Ball, go to governorsballmusicfestival.com