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Music: Yvette, Kill Alters, Macula Dog, Hair

(Flyer via Trans-Pecos / Facebook)

(Flyer via Trans-Pecos / Facebook)

Yvette manages to master tension at the same time while evoking grittiness and a sort of epic, operatic expanse. Expect some witchy drone chants appropriate for blasting during a seance from Kill Alters, whose music might actually speed the sorcery up. And now for something completely different: Macula Dog. This is ’90s-MIDI nostalgia and the upward, outward thrust of the Internet wrapped into one twisted, multi-layered, DMT trip of a sound. It’s like the continuation of Devo’s mission, but in the complete absence of rock n’ roll: if Jerry Paper is post-post-post-post-indie, Macula Dog is post-post-post-post-punk.

Read more here.

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Halloween Party: The Gateway’s Haunted Mansion

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

This brand new DIY venue close to the Gates Avenue stop is hosting a totally free Halloween show featuring DJs plus garage, dream pop, and surf rock bands for the taking. The lineup includes Low Mein, High Waisted, Mahogany, Young Runner, Wolf Diamond, and more. So far they’ve only opened the upstairs performance space, complete with a bar and an expansive back patio for the smoking types, but this party will see the debut of their downstairs space, which will soon be home to a slightly fancier bar with real drinks once they have their liquor license. And no, the picture you see above isn’t the place decked out for Halloween– The Gateway always looks like a lost set from Dario Argento’s Suspiria which probably means it’s gonna look ultra creepy for this party.

Read more about the venue here.

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Week in Shows: Hurry, Time’s Running Out For Beats Delight and the Arrival of Austin Hardcore

(Flyer via The Gateway / Facebook)

(Flyer via The Gateway / Facebook)

Are you looking for spooky Halloween-themed shows? Well, you’ve come to the wrong place. Stay tuned for our guide to legit everything worth going to this Hallows’ weekend. But for now, sate yourself with these totally, 100 percent normal show happenings. Well, strictly speaking they’re not “normal” at all, but you can pretend like it’s not Sexy Something Day for just one minute and stuff your ears with tunes instead of candy corn.

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Shows: BB Swan Ventures from the Flock, Commando Punk Delves into Noise

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You know how leftovers are sometimes better than the meal was in its original form? That’s also true for CMJ apparently. It seems like some seriously great bands and musicians are lingering around town, taking breaks from their major projects and toying with new ones, old friends, and completely different sounds altogether. You too can dabble in all three this week (and beyond). See what we’ve got for you below.

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CMJ Showcase: Conscious Coupling, Father/Daughter and Miscreant Records

(Flyer via Facebook)

(Flyer via Facebook)

Father/Daughter Records (SF) and Miscreant Records collaborative effort had me at “Bloody Mary & Doughnut bar,” though hopefully that doesn’t mean they’re one in the same. Get excited for the photo booth and “homecoming coronation” too. Oh, and the bands are worth checking out too. We’re looking forward to hearing from Nicholas Nicholas(contemporary, benzo’d-out elevator meditations) and PWR BTTM (short-on-vowels indie rock, super cute angst-riddled songs about cute boys, pill popping, and being not quite there). We’re also warming up to Hiccup, masters of a familiar frenetic pop punk sound without the commonplace vocal trappings of the genre.

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Shows: Father/Daughter Prom Party and CMJ Without Agoraphobic Nosebleeds

(Flyer via Santos Party House)

(Flyer via Santos Party House)

CMJ is upon us, which translates to either the arrival of a complete shit show or (if you’re not really the observant type) venues suddenly appearing slightly more crowded with douchery than usual. Regardless of whether you’re in touch with the less-than-ideal reality for regular show-goers, or prefer to put on chakra glasses and render all those grayscale suits as rainbow zombies, you still gotta plan out this week just a little better than usual– having your friends drag you out of a cab, splash beer on your face, and carefully deposit your lifeless body at your favorite venue’s doorstep isn’t gonna fly. Instead, you’ll need PMA, advanced tickets, and whatever lies beyond this line.

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The Hum: Women’s Musical Residency and Weekly Show

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The Hum is a weekly gathering of musicians who just happen to be women, as founder and curator Rachael Pazdan — who doesn’t like the term “female musician” — puts it. Every Monday in October, women working in genres as eclectic as R&B, art-rock, spectral pop, classical and punk will be collaborating in small groups or pairs, making musical connections and creating new sound. Featured artists include Psychic Twin’s Rosana Caban, MIA’s Kiran Gandhi, Amy León and Kaki King. The event takes place at the Manhattan Inn, a cosy piano bar in Greenpoint, and a $10 donation is recommended for this otherwise free event. Read more

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Music: New Venue National Sawdust’s First Show, Tanya Tagaq

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Are you familiar with Inuit throat singing? Well, I mean have you really heard it? Like most people living this far south of permafrost, I’ve only heard my friends drunkenly imitate Inuit throat singing as a way of satirizing cultural appropriation and haven’t actually, really experienced the real-real deal IRL. Well, here’s my (and your) chance to hear this powerful, guttural form of music as performed by Tanya Tagaq (who you might have first been introduced to via her New Yorker cartoon likeness). Also, this is the first regular show happening at Williamsburg’s brand new venue, National Sawdust, so best a time as any to check it out.

Read more about National Stardust here.

 

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Shows: Genius Disco-Revival Pop Auteur and a Benefit for Fallen DIY Stalwarts

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It’s kind of a somber week (already) for show goers– mainly because one of the most reliable spots for an awesome underground/indie/neo-folk/punk/experimental/whatever show, the Silent Barn, suffered a fire late last week. Everybody’s OK, but the building itself is damaged (more on that later) to the point where shows have been suspended for at least the next month. They’re no dummies, they have insurance. But in order to act fast and get repairs done right-freakin’-now, Silent Barn is asking for donations. If charitable bitcoining isn’t your bag, there are other ways you can help.

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Music: Advaeta, Psychic Blood, Pill, Dreamcrusher

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Advaeta manage to pull of a very special kind of shoegaze– it’s dreamier, buzzier, and more uplifting than their predecessors. We can’t say their sound is totally unfamiliar, but it feels fresh enough against a back drop of icier pursuits. And, hey, surprise! Noise rockers Psychic Blood have a new EP.

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Music: Shifted, Scarn, 400PPM

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The ever popular Tinnitus music series returns this week, and we think it’s perfect timing for another one of their boundary pushing, pop-be-damned affairs. Because face it– industrial blips and dark techno are exactly what you need to keep you going hump day. This time around, Tinnitus is focusing on artists who are the international who’s-who in dark techno. Bring your friends who like to dance, just don’t let them call it EDM.

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Concert: The Yin Yangs Tape Release Show

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Brooklyn psych-punk band The Yin Yangs are celebrating the release of their new tape Taste from Time Castle Tapes. Along with a set from the Yangs themselves, guests will be treated to an awesomely diverse lineup including BAMBARA (industrial, proggy outfit Brooklyn by way of Georgia), MPHO (a disco death sentence), and Prima (powerful chatter punk, wow give them a listen please).

For more about the band and to listen to their new track “21st Century,” off of Taste click here.