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Music: ’90s Fest at 50 Kent

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I’m not gonna lie, I kind of hate myself for writing this one and the existence of a festival like this is not only proof that ’90s nostalgia has been fully commodified but that it’s pretty much reached the end of its rope. Mark my words, this is the last of a thoroughly enjoyable session of decade worship. The jeans can stay and the good music too, but when something like Smash Mouth emerges for the sake of a throwback celebration, well, then you know we’ve gone a step too far. But keep your cool and you can catch Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Blind Melon, and more.

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Shows: Flashback to the ’90s and Tropicália Nostalgia

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Welcome back to reality. Now that summer’s officially over (the days seem shorter already, don’t they?) you’re going to need a serious hangover remedy for those months of self-abuse. If that sounds painful, it doesn’t have to be. Good shows will help get you back on your feet and distract you from the literal spiral into darkness happening right before our eyes. This week, see what a Kiwi guitar-pop legend is up to these days and don’t miss a certain Tropicália squad’s reunion.

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Made You Look at This Video of Nas With Run the Jewels (Plus: Michael Cera!)

Run The Jewels brought Queens to Williamsburg via Nas last night, closing out Northside Festival on an Illmatic note. At 50 Kent, Nas performed “Made You Look” off his 2002 album God’s Son, joining RTJ on stage for the first time since he debuted The Season last year at the RTJ2 release party at Nitehawk. (Remember that screening of The Warriors?) They’re basically fam now, what with El-P and Killer Mike’s last two albums released on Nasty Nas’s Mass Appeal Records and a third still to come next year.

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