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Actor Richard Mark Jordan Finds the Good Things About Texas at Skinny Dennis

The debut book from Joshua D. Fischer – and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery – is called Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love.” To get you psyched for this hardcover collection of photos and interviews (out in May from Skyhorse Publishing), here’s another new installment of the series.

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

With peanut shells littered on the floor beneath his boots, an American flag draped over a dirty tin wall to his right, and vintage country music flyers posted behind him, Richard Mark Jordan praises the authenticity and culture of Skinny Dennis. He calls the owners of this Williamsburg honky tonk bar “wizards” for their curatorial skills. And they must be, seeing as they cast a spell on Rich and got the Texas-born Brooklynite to appreciate the South as he never had before.

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Four Epic Music Gigs to Hit on the Horizon

(Flyer via the Acheron)

(Flyer via the Acheron)

Uniform, Shredded Nerve, Super Secret Special Guests
Thursday March 3, 8 pm at The Acheron: $10 – $12

Next week Uniform returns to the stage following a show with the Soft Moon earlier this month at Market Hotel. This time, they’ll take their rip-roaring noise punk act to the Acheron where the band will be joined by some super mysterious, ultra top-secret special guests plus one ear-splitting noise set by an act most beloved. Expect speedy, metallic guitar monologues, speaker-quashing feedback, and vocal chord shredding screams.

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Inside Sunnyvale, the East Williamsburg Venue Where DIY’s Gone Legit

A sprawling new bar and venue in East Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A sprawling new bar and venue in East Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It was bitterly cold last Thursday night, but a sandwich board outside of Sunnyvale promised: “Free shot if you prove you went to Pumps!” Aside from the strip club, some lonely looking art studios, and hot corn smells emitting from the tortilla factory, there’s not much nightlife at this industrial edge of East Williamsburg. But walking inside the multi-purpose venue that opened its doors earlier this month, I didn’t find a throng of strip club patrons clutching lap dance receipts (which they probably thought were only good for “business lunch” write-offs until now) and clamoring for oversized pours of Jose Cuervo. Thankfully.

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Four Killer Shows Happening This Week

Hiroshi Hasegawa (Photo via End Tymes Fesitval/ halfnormal)

Hiroshi Hasegawa (Photo via End Tymes Fesitval/ halfnormal)

Hiroshi Hasegawa, Dromez, Dessicant, Dead Wolf
Friday, Feb. 12, 8 pm at The Silent Barn: $8
When it comes to power electronics, Japanese musician Hiroshi Hasegawa has been around the block a few thousand times– busting ears and forgetting names. Way back in 1990, he started the prolific group C.C.C.C. (Cosmic Coincidence Control Center), whose members counted a porn star and weirdos like Hasegawa amongst their ranks. Besides improvising and recording all kinds of brain-shattering noise music, the group was known for throttling their audience with aggressive stunts like throwing plastic bags full of pee out into the crowd. The guy may be pushing 60, but he’s still down as hell to make incredibly belligerent music. And hey, maybe you’ll be graced with the honor of a urine splash for old times’ sake.

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4 Good Shows to See This Week

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

Wolf Eyes: Trip Metal Residency
Thursday February 4 through Saturday February 6 at Union Pool: $12 – $14 
Vape with the dirty dogs and witness half of Detroit’s noise music scene take over Brooklyn this weekend. The Poppa Bear old timers of Wolf Eyes will lead their little pack of trip metal prodigy puppies– all of whom you’re guaranteed only to have heard from if you lurk around shows in Detroit occasionally, or can claim at least a few drunken years of crashing/ trolling, pissing on pool tables at co-ed parties in Ann Arbor. Or maybe you just read the internet a lot. Who knows? Let’s go with internet underground music dweeb, that way everyone’s invited. Keep Reading »

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Week in Shows: a Set So Harsh It’s Blister-Popping & a Cyber-Industrial Reawakening

(Flyer via Aviv/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Aviv/ Facebook)

Guido, Ritual Humor, Lover’s Touch, Rubber, Decorum
Monday January 18, 8 pm at Aviv: $8

Late notice, but we know you’re looking for something to do on what’s sure to be a cold-as-hell Monday night anyway. We’re talking something that doesn’t involve drinking a bottle of wine to the face in front of How to Make a Murderer and passing out, mid-text message while you’re attempting to convince your friend that Steven Avery did do it. Rest assured this one’s not going to be outside, but last we checked it’s a good idea to wear a lil cardi and a beanie to Aviv– industrial spaces can be tres drafty, y’all. But even if you’ve got the chills, count on em being long banished by the time the second opener, Rubber, takes the stage.

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Market Hotel is Back, For Realz This Time

Sleater-Kinney's sound check before their December 16 show, and the pole heard round the world (Photo by Konstantin Sergeyev for New York magazine)

Sleater-Kinney’s sound check before their December 16 show, and the pole heard round the world (Photo by Konstantin Sergeyev for New York magazine)

Market Hotel did a remarkable job of capturing our attention with that Sleater-Kinney show. It’s almost as if the place is run by someone who knows a thing or two about putting on a great show. Huh. But since the Liquor Man and his cohort of party poopers (er, the State Liquor Authority) had only granted a temporary license for the soft opening, we were starting to get a real bad case of nervous dry mouth at the thought that perhaps we’d be waiting a long time for the Bushwick DIY venue to officially throw open its doors at Broadway-Myrtle. After all, we’d waited about half a decade already…

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Punk Band Penis May Be Small, But They Have Some Huge Fans

Penis, pleased to meet you (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Penis, pleased to meet you (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Interviewing Samara Davis and Sophia Cleary about their punk band is an exercise in willpower. It felt like no matter the topic we discussed, it was always punctuated by a double entendre and followed by a long guffaw or a hearty snort. How can you not acknowledge the elephant in the room — er, in this case the giant dong in the room — when you’re discussing a band called Penis?

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PC Worship’s Basement Hysteria EP Release Party 

(Flyer via Facebook / Palisades)

(Flyer via Facebook / Palisades)

PC Worship is an amorphous sort of noise-rock band with many moving parts. Presently there are three “core members,” but Frye, who’s been living in Bushwick on and off for over 10 years has always been, and remains still the nucleus of it all. In addition to a set by PC Worship, catch Elder Ones (with singer Amirtha Kidambi) “earthy drone with minimalist, kind of spiritualist, free-jazz vibes” and the sounds of a harmonium, according to Justin Frye of PC. Gary War “pretty intense synth, hyper-pop dude” also on the bill, plus Arto Lindsay formerly of 70’s No Wave legends, DNA, playing as well.

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Music: Best Available Technology, Odd Rumblings, Litüus, Via App

(Flyer via Styles Upon Styles / Facebook)

(Flyer via Styles Upon Styles / Facebook)

For an evening of weird sounds, it’d be hard to beat out this Styles Upon Styles lineup. One of the great questions of the last decade has got to be, “Where did trip hop go?” Well, turns out it hasn’t gone very far and, in fact, its progeny is right here, in the form of Best Available Technology, a producer of irresistible, darkness-driven beats. Dylan Scheer is Via App, the young-buck Brooklyn newcomer who crafts some downright sinister dance music. Though Scheer’s approach hints toward a past in noise– there’s an unmistakable darkness to it all, indicating that (in body form at least) Via App is no human at all, but a giant Rick D. James grin. Thankfully, this doesn’t preclude him from delivering on the party vibes.

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Music: The Spookfish, Marital Dispute, the Neue Avant-Garde Project, Victims, DJ Lord Gator

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Kate Mohanty’s saxophone skills are the kind that inspire jealousy, or more accurately feelings of inadequacy and doom. What have I been doing for the last 19 years? Not achieving virtuosity, that’s for sure. But that’s what truly makes Mohanty– who has played with EULA, Bodega Bay, Parlor Walls, and various other Brooklyn indie bands– so entertaining to watch. She’s truly a rare bird. When Mohanty appears solo as The Neue Avant-Garde Project, she exercises her impressive powers of improvisation (which she also records to 60 minutes of one-of-a-kind tapes to send out to her listeners) that evoke smoky jazz clubs of the previous century.

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An Evening with M Lamar: Performance + Q&A With Tucker Culbertson at Cooper Union

(Flyer via Cooper Union/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Cooper Union/ Facebook)

M Lamar is a singular performer to say the least. The visual-artist-turned-opera-composer (who also happens to be Laverne Cox’s twin brother) writes and performs his own unique blend of blues, black metal, and classical music-influenced operas that grapple with the black experience in America. Radical, queer, and ever the intense performer, M Lamar brings his place in a violent, unjust historical continuum to bear on the politics of now. This performance of bits of Lamar’s “most poignant material” is free and open to the public and will be followed by a discussion with Tucker Culbertson, a queer theory and law professor at Cooper Union.

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