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See R.L. Stine Do ‘Cool Shit/Weird Shit’ at UCBeast Tonight

(Photo: Larry D. Moore)

(Photo: Larry D. Moore)

If you were a kid in the ’90s, R.L. Stine was your Stephen King. This was pre-helicopter parenting, when your school book fair haul could consist solely of paperbacks like Say Cheese and Die!, The Girl Who Cried Monster, and The Curse of the Creeping Coffin. Stine has sold more than 350 million copies of his 300-plus books. The Goosebumps series alone had more product tie-ins than a Marvel movie: masks, shirts, trading cards, a board game (which I got for my ninth birthday), even a ventriloquist dummy named Slappy.
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There’ll Be a Whole Lotta Soul at Williamsburg Park Tonight

Between the fifth anniversary of Captured Tracks and the upcoming Mexican Summer blowout, North Brooklyn’s record labels have been pumping out a dizzying array of live music lately. Most of it, naturally, has been in the indie rock arena, but Afro-soul fans will have their moment tonight when Bushwick-based label Daptone Records, which makes its home in an actual home on Troutman Street, puts on a free show at Williamsburg Park.
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The Depreciation Guild Brought Back Its 8-Bit Shoegaze at Glasslands

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

“I can’t believe we’re here,” said Kurt Feldman on stage at Glasslands on Saturday. Considering the rapturous, slightly disbelieving response of the crowd, they couldn’t believe it, either. They’d gathered for what was billed as The Depreciation Guild’s first show in more than two and a half years.
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Depreciation Guild Returns, Plus Lots of Good Small Shows

Depreciation Guild's Facebook.

Depreciation Guild’s Facebook.

IN HER GENTLE JAWS
Pretty light week for super attention-grabbing shows in our neighborhoods this week — seems like all the big ticket items are in one or another of our fine city’s public parks. Nevertheless, there are a wealth of quality smaller shows to choose from, starting with The Depreciation Guild‘s return(!) at Glasslands on Saturday.
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Watch the Melvins Cover the Butthole Surfers With Sir Gibby Haynes Himself

The Melvins played House of Vans in Greenpoint last night and we still haven’t recovered our hearing. Among the reasons: Dale Crover, looking half his age thanks to a Justin Bieber haircut, was joined on the double drums by newcomer Coady Willis (well, relative newcomer: he’s been drumming with the Melvins for some years, but we’re talking about a band that’s been pummeling audiences for three decades. Kurt Cobain drove them to shows back when Nirvana was something only Buddhists talked about.)
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Shows: Maxwell’s Is Closing, Bushwick Block Party

FAREWELL TO MAXWELL’S

When Maxwell’s opened its doors in August of 1978, no one could have guessed the inconspicuous corner restaurant/bar would eventually fit into the same pantheon of iconic NYC rock clubs as CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and the Bottom Line — definitional venues that instantly conjure a specific sound, in a specific place, during a specific era. At Maxwell’s, that was the Hoboken sound: jangly, blue-collar guitar rock, as played by Yo La Tengo, the dBs, the Bongos, the Feelies, and countless other working-class bands that made Maxwell’s their home base, and a leading stop on the independent rock tour circuit since the ’80s.
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‘There Weren’t Any Pie Shops or Knitting Shops’ Last Time These Guys Rocked NYC

During some between-song banter at Red Hare’s live debut at the Knitting Factory last month, the band’s frontman Shawn Brown marveled at the contrast between Williamsburg today and his first time playing CBGB in the ‘80s with his DC hardcore band Swiz.

“I definitely remember the city being a little grittier,” Brown told Bedford + Bowery backstage. “There weren’t any pie shops or knitting shops, or anything like that on the Bowery.”
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