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Shows: Gaze at Synth-Psych Legends and Dance to the Sound of Crack Recovery

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We’ve got quite a week in music ahead of us, with no shortage of neuron-twisting, brain ‘sploding variety. A week in shows wouldn’t be the same without that post-punk sound that’s so very now. This time around, two (very different) bands of this persuasion are sharing a bill as well as a genre, demonstrating these constraints are as fluid as their riffs. But best of all, a legendary psych band that perhaps you took for extinct will light up the stage at one of our favorite lil’ DIY venues. Hope that’s enough flavor to get you scrolling.

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Week in Shows: Doctors in Experimental Sound and Weird Punk from Middle Earth

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It’s official now, right? We’ve entered the season of sweat. We’re all gonna smell like crap from here until depression, and shows are the perfect bacteria-breeding, lust-filled eco-chambers for housing all those fun city smells under one decrepit roof. Unless you’re so lucky as to find yourself a backyard show, or better yet a backyard show series like the one happening at Union Pool, get ready for seriously noxious fumes. But just imagine, with Summer Thunder you’ll be able to get rowdy in the heat of a summer show and be able to breathe. They don’t say Union Pool is the straight man’s cruising heaven for nothing. We’ll keep an eye out for more open-air music happenings, but until then, when heading to your neighborhood DIY dungeon, don’t forget to break out the kerchiefs, patchouli, or even a plague mask if you can swing it, you’re gonna need em.

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Woo-Hoo! Blur Is Doing a Free Show With Honduras in Williamsburg

CRTLIVE_Blur_Tumblr_1280x1707If you were psyched about the Jane’s Addiction show at Brooklyn Bowl but not so psyched about the $125 ticket price, here’s another chance to catch some ’90s legends in a fairly intimate venue — for free. Rubber Tracks, the Williamsburg recording studio run by Converse, has announced that Britpop outfit Blur will perform in New York City for the first time in 15 years, at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday, May 1. Public registration for tickets starts tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon.

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#Badgeless at #SXSW: We Tried to Do South By Southwest Without Shelling Out

If you didn’t go to South by Southwest in Austin last week, it probably wasn’t because you didn’t want to. With the cheapest music ticket going for $650 (early bird), the festival’s entry fee wasn’t exactly music to our ears.

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House of Vans Returns With Charles Bradley, Mac Demarco, STRFKR, Chrome Sparks, and More

unnamedHouse of Vans — yet another one of our favorite things about summer in NYC — just announced its initial lineup, and RSVPs for the opening show (which, for the first time, will be part of the Northside Festival) open today at noon.

This fourth installment of the series is similar to previous ones, right down to the skate bowl and beer garden: there’ll be two parties a month at the cavernous 25 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, starting with a June 12 show featuring soul crooner Charles Bradley (who just performed on Kimmel), slacker rocker Mac Demarco, and New Orleans singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker. The second show, on June 19, features STRFKR, Poolside and Chrome Sparks. July and August shows will be announced at a later date.

You can RSVP for everything here.