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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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Week in Shows: ‘Creepy Crawlycore’ and M Lamar’s Radical, Black Metal Opera

(Flyer via Cooper Union/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Cooper Union/ Facebook)

PC Worship‘s EP release show is coming up this week at Palisades, as we trust you know from last week’s interview with Justin Frye. But there’s plenty else to get your hips poppin’ till then. Scroll your roll and see what’s in store.

An Evening with M Lamar
Monday, Nov. 30, 7 pm at Cooper Union: FREE
M Lamar is the “negro gothic devil-worshipping free black man in the blues tradition” you’ve undoubtedly been dying to see perform since we wrote about him back in September. The multi-talented, epically outspoken musician, composer, opera singer, and visual artist’s shows are enthralling not simply because M Lamar is a magnetic force all his own (just try being in a room alone with him, you’ve never feel so gazed-at in all your life, I promise), but because his operatic compositions wrestle with the deeply troubling history and harsh, continuing reality of racial injustice in this country. Lamar’s central aims are agitation and awakening, so prepare to be moved.

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Music: Gag, Narcoleptics, Pleasure Industry, JJ Doll, Barbed Wire

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

What’s the week after Thanksgiving without a punk show to prove you’re not Momma’s Little Girl anymore? Forget all of the ways in which you were infantilized by your family over the weekend and embrace your undying rebellious side instead. You’ll be treated to “creepy crawlycore” from Gag, the Olympia, Washington-based band with a penchant for gurgles, growls, and cackles over primitive, angry-toddler drums, plus actual shredding (and a lot of it, too).

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Volvox, Divorce, The Dance Pit, Akanbi + Club Etiquette Issue 4 Release Party

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Whether it’s because of excessive boozing and very often drugging, lowered inhibitions or cover of night, maybe even social expectations or bro-on-bro insanity, the list goes on– people can act like total shitheads at shows, dance parties, clubs, and bars. Anuradha Golder knows this. She’s been partying for “a while now,” she laughed. “And I always thought, how can I make this better? How can I make this experience more enjoyable for myself?” Her zine, Club Etiquette, aims to answer those questions. Anuradha is dropping Issue No.4 at this dance party featuring sets by Akanbi, Divorce, and Volvox (acid house).

Read more on Club Etiquette here.

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PC Worship’s Basement Hysteria is Out, Justin Frye Guides Us (Partway) Through the Haze

"Basement Hysteria," PC Worship's new EP is out on Northern Spy Records (Via PC Worship/ Bandcamp)

“Basement Hysteria,” PC Worship’s new EP is out on Northern Spy Records (Via PC Worship/ Bandcamp)

Let’s face it, this coming weekend is pretty much guaranteed to be a wash of regret and sorrow. But there’s a light at the end of this vortex of darkness (just the first in a long series of them throughout the holiday season): PC Worship‘s Basement Hysteria release party is happening at Palisades next week. We first spoke (extensively, too) with Justin Frye back in September when the band’s new release was still a fairly far-off thing. Now that the four-track EP is finally out we had some new questions for Mr. Frye. (Oh, and don’t go straight to the disappointed sighs– Basement Hysteria may be an EP, but it clocks in at over 40 minutes.)

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Music: Aviv’s Birthday Party

To celebrate the persistence of BK’s newish biggest-est DIY venue, Aviv is gathering some bands that happen to be pals and pals that happen to be really good at being in a band. And though this bill is longer than most, it contains the diversity of acts you’ve come to expect from Aviv. Acts include (among others) Bambara, Parlor Walls, and from the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen Crew, No Ice. Read more about the show here.

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Week in Shows: DIY Venue Loses the Diapers and Ohio Punks ‘Pissed Off For a Reason’

(Flyer via Aviv/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Aviv/ Facebook)

Wow guys, big week for the DIY scene: Aviv turns a whole one year old. And actually, that’s kinda getting up there in DIY years. Though, of course, we wish them many more. The Greenpoint venue has wasted no time in becoming pretty much the (true) DIY spot in North Brooklyn. To celebrate, Aviv is hosting a b-day party on Saturday featuring Bambara, Parlor Walls, and word on the street (er, on Facebook) is that an appearance is inevitable by one Ronnie Stone— quite possibly Brooklyn’s only leather-licking, “Moldovan” ’80s-fetish band fronted by a keytar-wielding, struttin’ mustache. Definitely don’t miss this banger. Details on that show and more to preoccupy you in all that might-as-well-be-dead time from now till then. 

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Music: Fuzz (w/ Ty Segall), The Men

(Photo via Fuzz Facebook)

(Photo via Fuzz Facebook)

Fuzz: it’s the classic rock-esque outfit from the relentlessly creating, collaborating, touring, and of course recording Prince of Garage Darkness, Ty Segall! He may be a walking, talking, guitar-playing joke about garage rock at this point live shows are on point, and if you haven’t seen him play at least once, you should definitely get on that. The rest of the lineup seals the deal. The Men (also playing at The Acheron with PC Worship on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 pm) are a band that’s seen incredible transformation (at least in the sense of their recordings) from their early noise punk leanings on Leave Home to the more slicked-down, consumable pop punk/alt rock style palpable on 2014’s aptly-titled, Tomorrow’s Hits. We can’t blame em, The Men did what many/any Brooklyn bands do/would do in order to survive in this town. But thankfully, they haven’t forgotten how to play their instruments, it seems, and can still rip a set to shreds just like they used to.

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Music: Pod Blotz, MV Carbon, Embarker, Ora Iso, Wetware

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If you’re an experimental music fan, or even just someone who likes to dabble in the unexpected once in a while, this weekend show is an absolute must-see. With its stellar lineup of (mostly) female-fronted noise projects, you’ll have the #blessed opportunity to experience performances by some true vets of avant-garde sounds. Originally from Detroit, Pod Blotz (aka Suzy Poling, who works as a visual artist too) has landed in much-sunnier LA, but that doesn’t mean her music has lightened up in the least. With Pod Blotz, Poling continues her devotion to dark electronics and carrying out tripped-out visual stunts at live performances (the latter looks something like this).

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Music: Future Punx, Parlor Walls, Dead Waves, Heavy Birds

(Flyer via Famous Swords)

(Flyer via Famous Swords)

Clear your schedule for Parlor Walls‘ EP release show. The record officially, officially drops the day after, but you can grip a super-secret, super-exclusive, super-premature copy at this Thursday-night show and declare yourself super freaking special. Critics who have praised Cut, the first release from Alyse Lamb’s (EULA) new project, have generally agreed the band is doing something “different.” We couldn’t agree more. There’s a big ol’ line in the sand between the Brooklyn not-pop scene, with indie rock on one side and (I guess you could say) “harder” stuff on the other. But Alyse Lamb has never seemed to abide much by this line, floating back and forth between delicacy and catchy riffs on the one hand, experimentalism and noisy feedback on the other.

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Music: Wolf Eyes Album Release Show

(Photo via Facebook)

(Photo via Facebook)

Wolf Eyes (one of the greatest noise bands ever to emerge from “the dead, dread-filled haunted hills of Michigan,” thank you Forest Juziuk for the incredibly apt description of Michigan’s terrain) is releasing a new album, I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces, perhaps their one millionth recording to be release October 30th on Third Man Records. You can read more about the band right here but you can celebrate the release of their new album at Trans-Pecos. Don’t sleep on those tix!

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Club Etiquette Zine Calls Out Dweebs and Creeps on the Scene

Club Etiquette Vol. 3

Club Etiquette Vol. 3

Whether it’s because of excessive boozing and very often drugging, lowered inhibitions or cover of night, maybe even social expectations or bro-on-bro insanity, the list goes on– people can act like total shitheads at shows, dance parties, clubs, and bars.

Anuradha Golder knows this. She’s been partying for “a while now,” she laughed. “And I always thought, how can I make this better? How can I make this experience more enjoyable for myself?” Her zine, Club Etiquette, aims to answer those questions. Issue No. 3, which dropped in October, looks specifically at sexual harassment. “I understood the zine was eventually going to comment on bigger issues, but it got there pretty quickly,” Anuradha explained.

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