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Saul Williams On MartyrLoserKing: ‘I’m Trying to Redefine Gangster’

Saul Williams (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Saul Williams (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Saul Williams — the well-known poet, musician and actor who got his start at dark, intimate open mics throughout Brooklyn in the ’90s, rose to prominence at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and recently starred on Broadway in Holler If Ya Hear Me — will release a new collection of poetry, US (a.)on Sept. 15. Beyond the book, he’s also in the midst of creating his multi-media project MartyrLoserKing (MLK). Earlier this summer, Williams finished a nation-wide tour to promote the album, which will drop in early 2016. Now he’s writing the script for the MLK film — a deviation from the play he originally envisioned. The third leg of the project is the same-titled graphic novel, which will also be released in 2016.

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Prepare Your Ears for Physical Copy, Coz Yonatan Gat’s Ready for the Next One

Yonatan Gat at home in his studio (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yonatan Gat at home in his studio (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Before meeting the guy, I envisioned Yonatan Gat as some latter-day guitar god, a reincarnation of that tradition of males whose sole purpose in life is to descend from the heavens (or in this case, Israel) at the permanent age of 27 to spend a brief but divine moment here on Earth, shredding away. I wasn’t alone– Yonatan Gat has been dubbed a “composer,” referred to as a “world music-inspired maestro,” and compared to Jimi Hendrix. It seems that whoever’s looking at him perceives Gat as rock-idol progeny. So when I found myself walking up to an actual castle in Brooklyn Heights, my suspicions seemed all but confirmed.

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Best Behavior’s Debut Album Came Out of a ‘Montel Williams-Style Breakup’

Best Behavior. (Photo Credit: Mike Prieto)

Best Behavior. (Photo Credit: Mike Prieto)

Bushwick band Best Behavior is already catching attention and touring nationally — even though it only formed in January. A self-described “60s garage rock, surf punk” band, the four guys are preparing for the release of their debut LP, Good Luck Bad Karma, which drops today via Money Fire Records. As is required of any self-respecting garage-rock band, a celebration of the release will ensue at Union Pool on Saturday night. They’ll perform with Haybaby, The Rizzos, and Surf Rock Is Dead, which released a new single today.

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Youth Lagoon Fans Lined Up For Fresh Vinyl

Patiently waiting for the free vinyl. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Patiently waiting for the free vinyl. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Thank goodness, chicken sandwiches aren’t the only thing New Yorkers see fit to line up for these days. This morning, about 15 people waited 45 minutes outside of Other Music, which was giving out free seven-inches of Youth Lagoon’s new single, “The Knower.” Fans of Trevor Powers’s psychedelic pop were whipped into a frenzy of anticipation after reading an announcement, yesterday, on his Facebook page. While the single was released today, Powers (aka Youth Lagoon) is waiting until Monday to announce details of the new album.

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Heems On Rachel Dolezal, Getting Political, and How Hip-Hop Is Like an Ex-Girlfriend

Heems. (Photo Credit: Shivani Gupta).

Heems. (Photo Credit: Shivani Gupta).

We caught Himanshu Suri (known by his stage name, Heems) after his performance this weekend at Northside Festival. The rapper and visual artist from Queens, formerly of the group Das Rascist, will travel across North America for his Eat Pray Thug tour — the lineup for which was just announced. Among other things, he talked to us about “Damn, Girl,” a straight-faced song off the new album, and the choreography for the recently released video. He was open and friendly during our chat, though he would say only “no comment” when asked about the criticism he received for his use of the N-word during his talk in London, “The Policing of Brown Bodies Post 9/11.” Here’s what he said before that.

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