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CMJ Announces Lineup: Neon Indian, Titus Andronicus, Panda Bear and More

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 10.42.46 AMAnd here you thought the iPhone 6S was going to be the biggest announcement of the day. CMJ just dropped the initial lineup for this year’s music marathon, coming up October 13 and 17. Among the neon-worthy highlights: local label Neon Gold will be doing a showcase while Neon Indian will be performing cuts off of his first album in four years, due out next month. Local favorites like Titus Andronicus, LODRO, The Men, and Juan Wauters are in the mix, and the international acts range from Australian rapper Allday to Belgian indie rock band Balthazar to Norwegian psych rockers Death By Unga Bunga. Mercury Rev will be repping the old guard while Perfect Pussy is among the more recent breakout acts.

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Irish or Irish-ish? What Our Local Pubs Are (or Aren’t) Doing For St. Paddy’s Day

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

A great green reckoning descends upon the city today. The bars will flood with stumbling, shouting multitudes. Faces will flush red behind oversized shamrock glasses. People will fake accents. As an Irish kid from Boston, I know better than to venture into the city on St. Patrick’s Day. You stay at home, your mom makes corned beef and you drink your dad’s beer. Maybe your nine uncles come over and tell really long jokes. In the event, however, that you are determined to hit the streets, we’ve decided to make it a little easier on you. We’ve compiled a list of Irish pubs in the East Village and Lower East Side and judged them based on everything from the likelihood of getting corned beef to the likelihood of having a co-ed spill a neon-green cocktail on you.

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Fair-ly Good News: WFMU Record Fair Bounces to Brooklyn, Vinyl Fair Hits Queens

10960037_888161011205085_6290618504395276922_oGood news, Brooklyn record hounds — you won’t have to venture into Manhattan, much less above 14th Street, for WFMU’s annual record fair, which was held at the Armory and the Metropolitan Pavilion in previous years. This year’s installment, May 1 to 3, will be held at the brand spanking new Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The dealer list has yet to be announced, but last year’s lineup featured local vendors like Record Grouch as well as dozens of out-of-towners like Ecstatic Yod Collective, the Massachusetts-based label/shop co-run by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

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Castles, Vassals and Tassles: Game of Thrones Gets a Burlesque Twist

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Photo: Courtesy of Hotsy Totsy Burlesque and Joe “The Shark” Naftali

The fifth season of Game of Thrones doesn’t premiere until April 12, but if you’re missing its byzantine intrigue, bloodshed and sexiness you can quell your thirst for Westeros (and Essos) with a new show from Hotsy Totsy Burlesque. “Game of Tassels” comes to the Slipper Room this Thursday.

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Oiji Has Quietly Opened in Dok Suni’s Former Digs

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Oiji, a chic Korean restaurant, has opened in the space that housed beloved Dok Suni for over two decades. As noted when we spoke to Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku back in October, the chefs and co-owners have experience in the kitchens of Michelin starred restaurants (Kim at Bouley, Ku at Gramercy Tavern) and it shows in the refined technique they apply to the Korean dishes here. 
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Yo, Yo Fro-Yo: Pinkberry Officially Dunzo On St. Marks But 16 Handles Now Delivering

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Vital update from the fro-yo world. The St. Marks location of Pinkberry is officially kaput, as a “space for lease” sign has gone up in the window. But don’t worry, fro-yo fiends — we haven’t moved on to a world of snow cream just yet. Around the corner, 16 Handles is still popping, and it has actually expanded onto Seamless. That’s right, for a $12 minimum plus a $1.95 fee, the parlor will deliver you a cup of Peanut Butter Confession fro-yo topped with whatever your broken heart desires. Toppings are 75 cents each, which adds up fast. “Hey, I have a peanut butter confession: I spent $18 on fro-yo last night!”
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Body of Missing Stuy-Town Man Found in New York Harbor

23C3E58D00000578-0-image-m-4_1417776308907A Stuyvesant Town resident who disappeared from his apartment, leaving a suicide note behind, was found dead in the water today.

Andreas Robbins disappeared from his East 14th Street apartment on Dec. 1, leaving behind his cell phone, wallet, and a note that said he was going to jump off the George Washington Bridge. His girlfriend, in a Reddit post, said he was suffering from depression and wanted to leave New York City.
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Tuscan Restaurant-Retail Hybrid ‘Coming Soon’ to Union Square

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Over the weekend we noticed signage for Mi Garba up at 129 Fourth Ave., the former home of Dryden Gallery Space near Union Square. According to the Post, the company, which stocks European supermarkets with freshly prepared Tuscan foods, is planning a 10-table restaurant where clothing items and food and wine will also be for sale.
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‘The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of’: A Serial-Like Case In Our Own Backyard

Paul Higgins today. (Illustration of photo by Elizabeth Flock.)

Paul Higgins today. (Illustration of photo by Elizabeth Flock.)

A Brooklyn man is fighting to prove he was wrongfully convicted following a trial that bares striking and unsettling parallels to the one that was the subject of Serial.
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Silly on the Street: Billy Eichner, Louis CK Shooting in the East Village

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“Difficult People” waz here. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Looks like Louis CK might be coming back to the East Village — a sign near the corner of East 12th Street and Third Avenue indicates that his production company, Pig Newton, will be filming here next Wednesday. The new season of Louie starts April 5.

Earlier this week, the comic sent fans a self-described “very long email from Louis CK,” about his new stand-up special and his love for comedy clubs like (in the Village) the Comedy Cellar, Boston Comedy Club and the Village Gate. It’s worth a read if you’re a comedy nerd, so we’ve pasted it below. 
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