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Music: U.S. Girls, Escape-ism, Godxss

(Photo via Ad Hoc)

(Photo via Ad Hoc)

The ceaselessly charming garage pop girl-wop (as opposed to “dude wop”) of U.S. Girls is clearly in high demand these days, even after they left us high and dry for three whole years after Gem. But we waited patiently, and have been blessed with Half Free. We were overjoyed to find the band stayed true to those sugar sweet disco vibes (Meg Remy’s a fan of Glass Candy, go figure) and managed not to lose their very special weird-girl, nerd-core edge. Also on the bill is Escape-ism: minimal, confessional noise rock, a man and his guitar and earnest whinnies galore. I might even dub this dude wop. Labels aside, get ready to feel nothing short of sexed up, as this front guy does a great service to his forefathers, The Cramps, in his perfect delivery of groovy, slur-riddled moans. Who is this dude, you ask? Ian Svenonius of a little band you might remember called Chain & the Gang.

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Week in Shows: Lady Vets of Avant-Garde Noise and Guilt Free Disco for Weirdos

(Via Escape-Ism / Bandcamp)

(Via Escape-Ism / Bandcamp)

This week, as I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear, there are plenty of shows worth blowing your ears out for. Our picks include a brand new project from a longtime blues punk devotee, The Dark Prince of Garage, and sugar-sweet disco that’s not afraid to hit sour notes. All that and more below this here line.

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Reel Psyched: Our Northside and L.E.S* Film Festival Picks

Introducing “Reel Psyched,” wherein we tell you what we’re really excited to see in the theaters this week.
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With the Lower East Side Film Festival in full swing in Manhattan and the Northside Festival’s film program popping off tonight in Brooklyn, it’s a good time to be a film buff.

At the L.E.S* Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday and continues through the weekend, offerings from up-and-coming directors are judged by a panel of guests including celebrities like Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) and Dan Janvey (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”). The audience favorite gets a $2,000 check from Vimeo (ahem, Bedford + Bowery’s video player of choice).
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