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Nirbhaya Takes On Rape: ‘The Gift of This Play Is That It’s Not Fucking Palatable’

(Photo: Sinbad Phugra)

(Photo: Sinbad Phugra)

On its face, Nirbhaya, which had its American premier at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in the East Village last night, is about the 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi. Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was coming home with a friend from the movies, was brutally raped and beaten with an iron rod by six men aboard a bus, then left naked, for dead, by the side of the road. She died days later from internal injuries. The incident spurred angry protests across India, and a documentary about Jyoti’s assault, India’s Daughter, was released earlier this year, banned by an Indian court, and then watched by thousands.

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Watch Danielia Cotton Show You What Sweet Dreams Are Made Of

On Thursday, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Danielia Cotton celebrates the release of The Real Book, featuring 12 cover songs ranging from Simon & Garfunkel to Radiohead. One of the new album’s tracks, a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter,” features musician Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm. Tracy Bonham and Rachel Yamagata also have cameos on the record.
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Hear Axxa/Abraxas Do His Thing Before He Plays With Beach Fossils This Week

Ben Asbury, a Georgia native living in Asheville, NC, released his debut LP via Greenpoint’s Captured Tracks in March under the name Axxa/Abraxas. The name, Asbury explains, is a two-part homage: “Axxa” is a term used by his father in a poem and “Abraxas” references a gnostic godhead.
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Watch Heaven’s Jail Play a Cut Off Their New Record, Produced by Phosphorescent

Heaven’s Jail recorded their new album not in a celestial prison, but in the woods of Connecticut. Then they brought it back to Greenpoint for some mixing and production work by Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent. Tonight at Baby’s All Right, they celebrate the release of Ace Called Zero — their third album with Heart Break Beat Records.
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Peep It If You Missed It: Mortals’ New Music Video ‘View From a Tower’

Last week we caught up with Elizabeth Cline, guitarist for the band Mortals, right before the band’s album release show at the Acheron. We’re certain Mortals ripped their audience a new one last Friday. If for some reason you missed it, at least you can check out the new horror-movie-inspired black-and-white music video Mortals premiered at the show, featuring scenes filmed on location at the Acheron. “View from a Tower,” is off Mortals’ new album, Cursed to See the Future, out now on Relapse Records.