Tinariwen

Tinariwen Credit: "Tinariwen"

It's hard to fathom that the Northside Festival is only in its fourth iteration, yet so it goes in the startup age, when culture itself seems scalable.

The L Magazine-organized event has quickly matured into a legit locus for music, art and film, but this year adds an on-trend emphasis on entrepreneurship, featuring local industry champs like Etsy and MakerBot alongside the 350-plus bands currently scheduled.

To help make the tough decisions, here are five acts amNewYork can recommend:

GZA with Grupo Fantasma
A festival isn't complete these days without a classic album performed in its entirety, and so the Brooklyn-bred Wu-Tang Clan legend will once again be performing his 1995 solo debut "Liquid Swords," this time intriguingly accompanied by the Austin-based Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma.

Eternal Summers
This up-and-coming Virginia indie-rock trio puts an exuberant edge on propulsive, '80s-style post-punk, and recently released their sophomore album, "Correct Behavior," to critical acclaim.

Jens Lekman
With his recipe of diary-stolen lyrics that nail modern life to the wall and reliably gentle acoustic strumming, this Swedish softy warrants serious appreciation, and just announced a new album, "I Know What Love Isn't," due this fall.

Royal Headache
This Australian quartet plays a pure strain of speedy garage punk, one that draws on the ancient well of American soul and R&B that powered the likes of the Kinks before they got fancy.

Tinariwen
Perhaps no act on the slate can match the transporting quality of a Tinariwen show. Hailing from the deserts of Northern Mali, the hard-touring collective plays an utterly hypnotic amalgam of Western guitar and traditional Tuareg rhythms that makes the "world music" tag feel accurate for once. 


If you go: The Northside Festival runs tomorrow through June 21. Ticket and venue info: northsidefestival.com.

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