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Shows: Gaze at Synth-Psych Legends and Dance to the Sound of Crack Recovery

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We’ve got quite a week in music ahead of us, with no shortage of neuron-twisting, brain ‘sploding variety. A week in shows wouldn’t be the same without that post-punk sound that’s so very now. This time around, two (very different) bands of this persuasion are sharing a bill as well as a genre, demonstrating these constraints are as fluid as their riffs. But best of all, a legendary psych band that perhaps you took for extinct will light up the stage at one of our favorite lil’ DIY venues. Hope that’s enough flavor to get you scrolling.

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Do Hold Your Breath For Mac DeMarco’s New ‘Mini-LP,’ Another One

If you had a chance to swing by Our Wicked Lady in the hours before their grand opening then maybe you found the loopy singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco throwin down dogs whilst a couple of his new tracks bumped on the boom box. Or perhaps you were stuck behind double-paned office windows, miles from anything resembling summer or fun, let alone new music. Stir not in jealousy, though, for the release of 25-year-old Rockaway resident Mac Demarco’s new “mini-LP” is just on the horizon.

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Woo-Hoo! Blur Is Doing a Free Show With Honduras in Williamsburg

CRTLIVE_Blur_Tumblr_1280x1707If you were psyched about the Jane’s Addiction show at Brooklyn Bowl but not so psyched about the $125 ticket price, here’s another chance to catch some ’90s legends in a fairly intimate venue — for free. Rubber Tracks, the Williamsburg recording studio run by Converse, has announced that Britpop outfit Blur will perform in New York City for the first time in 15 years, at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday, May 1. Public registration for tickets starts tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon.

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If NYC Is a Girl, Public Access TV’s John Eatherly’s Probably Feeling Hurt

Public Access TV (Photo courtesy of Terrible Records)

Public Access TV (Photo courtesy of Chad Moore)

John Eatherly has been doing the music thing for a while, having dropped out of high school at 17 to pursue music. “I’ve played in a lot of different bands over the years,” he explained. But Public Access TV seems to be his most focused effort to date. The band has just dropped their first proper release in the United States, Public Access EP on Terrible Records, and Eatherly’s not just songwriting, he’s also spotlighted as the lead vocals and guitars. The fact that Public Access TV really sees Eatherly coming into his own probably has something to do with the fact that he’s supremely close with all the other band members. In fact, three of four members (all except for the drummer) lived together in an East Village apartment. New York’s always been somewhat tough, Eatherly admits, but when their apartment burned down in the East Village fire last month, he realized things could always be harder.

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Week In Music: Naked Gong Slaves, Booty Shakes, And Modular Synth Equinox

As Madonna once wisely said, “Music makes the people come together.” And that, dear readers, is exactly what we need at this moment. This rotten snowstorm is trying its best to hold us back and tear us apart. Let’s not let it do either. As soon as this snow stops falling, leave your apartment. If the whole city marches one by one over the freshly accumulated snow banks, maybe we can pound it into oblivion. It’s still weak as it sits now, so time is of the essence. If you’ve been too busy screaming at the top of your lungs and pulling out that leg hair you’ve let grown out to epic lengths (it’s been a hell of a long winter) to know what’s up for shows this weekend and beyond, as always we’ve got you covered. Get out there and destroy this thing, we believe in you.

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Photos: Everyone Had a Ball at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

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Rebel Rave at Verboten (All photos: Daniel Leinweber/Razberry Photography)

While half of Brooklyn packed into Dumbo’s Festival of Light over the weekend, the lasers were beaming over in Williamsburg as well, as the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival stormed venues such as Cameo, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Villain, Glasslands, Output, and Verboten. Among the highlights: Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow spinning vinyl from Afrika Bambaata’s personal 40,000-record-strong collection.
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6 Shows You Should Really Go See

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.


Fresh off their European tour with Islands, Brooklyn band TEEN takes over Brooklyn Night Bazaar this week. The female four-piece is headed up by Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson (hence the band’s name), formerly of Here We Go Magic. TEEN calls their music “psychedelic gospel”; it’s part glittering pop, part soulful rock. If you can’t make the Bazaar tonight, you can catch em on September 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m., tickets free
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Lauryn Hill Killing Us Softly With Her Ticket Prices; Can't Fight Veruca Salt

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.


Take a trip back to the ’90s with grunge-rock babes Veruca Salt. The band has reunited to tour for the first time since 1995, but just because they’ve been off the map doesn’t mean they’re out of energy. They’re still wrecking eardrums left and right. Music Hall of Williamsburg, Friday, July 25 at 9 p.m., tickets $25
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Titus, Because, Who Else? Plus a Little Band Called De La Soul

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.

There’s almost nothing left for us to say about Titus Andronicus. Except that the show is free. And also this wisdom, dear hipster children, via Droz in PCU: “You’re wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see? Don’t be that guy.” Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m., free 

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Stay Out of the Storms By Seeing Sky and A Bolt of Light — Indoors!

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.

Fresh off a residency at Rockwood Music Hall, New York natives Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! are not, in fact, Cold War Kids, though they might as well be. These guys play indie rock that’s a little bit of everything—a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. You know the drill. Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Monday, July 7 at 9:30 p.m., tickets $10
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