The last couple weekends have been a real Strokes-a-thon for New York City fest-goers. After the Strokes’ sublime and crowded performance at Governors Ball last weekend, plus Julian Casablancas’s show the day before, this past weekend was Albert Hammond Jr.’s turn during the Northside Festival in Brooklyn.
 
Despite heavy rain, fans were queuing very early at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Friday night. As soon as doors opened, fans stormed in to stake their spots. Hammond Jr. and his band played the whole AHJ EP plus the best from Yours To Keep and Comó Te Llama?.
 
Seeing as the Drowners owe a fairly sizable sonic debt to the Strokes, they fit right into the opening slot. A snark might even label them a near-tribute act, except they were utterly electric this night, erasing those easy comaprisons completely when the place nearly shook to its foundations during their hit, Luv, Hold Me Down.
 
Photos and words by Adela Loconte.