Last Thursday, music fans and hip cultural aficionados convened in North Brooklyn at some of the neighborhood's favorite music venues for 2012's Northside Festival.

The sprawling, one week celebration kicked off with the festival's opening concert on Friday at McCarren Park with Jens Lekman, Of Montreal, The Thermals, and Beach Fossils.

Rolling Stone attended the concert which included belting out lyrics about stalking Kirsten Dunst, new tracks from Jens Lekman, and a stage cavalcade of "ninjas, Mexican wrestlers, superheroes, referees, white birds, well-endowed and glittering swamp women."

Northside will continue its takeover this week with a litany of film screenings, art shows, and of course, music. For more on the festival's schedule, check out their list here.

For photos of Northside Festival's opening weekend, see below:

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  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Kathy Foster of the Thermals performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Musician Hutch Harris of the Thermals performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Musician Jens Lekman (necklace detail) attends Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: of Montreal performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Musician Bryan Poole of of Montreal performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: of Montreal performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: A view of the crowd as Jens Lekman performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Musician Bryan Poole of of Montreal performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: The crowd holds up a performer as of Montreal performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Musician Jens Lekman performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Musician Jens Lekman performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Kathy Foster of the Thermals performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

  • Northside Festival 2012 - Day 2

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: John Pena of Beach Fossils performs during Northside Festival 2012 Day 2 on June 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)