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Shimmy Up to these Four Shows for Your Listening Pleasure

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Alphaville/ Facebook)

Honey, The Men, Foster Care, JJ Doll
Friday May 6, 8 pm at Alphaville: $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
The season of leisure is (sorta, almost) upon us, but before you can pull out your pastel polos and Adidas flip flops n’ white socks (predicting that a health-goths-in-hot-weather with ’80s Beverly Hills golf club vibe will dominate Riis Park Beach Bazaar this summer), you gotta ease into that seasonable mindset of giving very few fucks. Without the zen attitude, you’re just another banker boy who spills mustard on his Comme des Garcons tennis shoes and makes his French bulldog Daisy pay the consequences. In my opinion, the best way to avoid wanton animal abuse is to eliminate all possible stress factors– that means lining up your go-to tunes for the summer far in advance so that when it comes to making an all-day playlist on the fly, you’ll be ready to go.

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Week in Shows: Classic Rock Gets a Time Machine and the Party Boys Come to Town

(Flyer via Union Pool)

(Flyer via Union Pool)

The Men, Fur Helmet, Wrung, Barbed Wire
Wednesday April 6, 8 pm at Union Pool: $8
If you were always hanging out in the garage as a kid, wearing your favorite motor-grease-stained “Daddy’s Little Girl” sweatshirt, munchin’ on Cheetos (only when your mom was out back in the hot tub sippin’ wine coolers with her gals, though), and sneaking sips of your pops’s Bud, then the soundtrack to your childhood was no doubt the same ’70s and ’80s proto-metal, classic-rawk sounds that have inspired NYC rock-n’-roll revival band Barbed Wire. As the evening’s openers, they’ll set the tone with their familiar brand of brawny, Lizard-King-not-dead rock rippers. Is this nostalgia tripping or high-concept performance? You be the judge.

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Four Sick Shows: No Wave Now and ‘Quickly Graying’ Noise Rock

(Image via Trans-Pecos/ Arto Lindsay)

(Image via Trans-Pecos/ Arto Lindsay)

Arto Lindsay Noise Quartet, Celestial Shore, Zula
Tuesday February 16, 8 pm at Trans-Pecos: $10

Arto Lindsay, the tireless no-wave guitar legend who’s been called “the perfect New Yorker” (by the New Yorker, no less), is well on his way into his 60s. And it’s true that DNA spent only a brief time on this earth, shredding weirdness at Max’s Kansas City and closing out the B side of Brian Eno’s nothing less than perfect glimpse of that particular scene, No New York (1978). But the dude is still doing all sorts of wonderful and new things in the New York music scene that keep him relevant and has been, pretty much without stopping, since the ’70s. Last fall, Lindsay showed the kids what was up when he played with seminal Brooklyn weirdos PC Worship, and in 2014 he dropped a compilation spanning his career (Encyclopedia of Arto) which, by many accounts, was all too modest and left us drooling for more.

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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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Week in Shows: Lady Vets of Avant-Garde Noise and Guilt Free Disco for Weirdos

(Via Escape-Ism / Bandcamp)

(Via Escape-Ism / Bandcamp)

This week, as I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear, there are plenty of shows worth blowing your ears out for. Our picks include a brand new project from a longtime blues punk devotee, The Dark Prince of Garage, and sugar-sweet disco that’s not afraid to hit sour notes. All that and more below this here line.

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CMJ Showcase: Panache CMJ Showcase: Panache Records– The Men, Destruction Unit, Michael Rault, and More

(Flyer via Facebook)

(Flyer via Facebook)

The Men are playing, nuff said. But we’re also loving Dirty Ghosts, a band writing bee-boppy keyboard rock worthy of the soundtrack to Saved by the Bell, if that show was actually edgy or cool. Usually any new music that consists of white guy’s first name/last name spells bore-ing and I shy away, but Michael Rault‘s aight. He’s got the voice of a little baby angel for one, and knows how to write riffs and sing glowing, ethereal-like as if he’s George Harrison’s youngest nephew or something (or just someone influenced by Paul McCartney’s early solo stuff for that matter). He’s a pop song “maker”, if you will, and good at what he does– also he’s from Canada so that makes him slightly less offensive.

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Shows: Forecast Predicts Raining Men; Enigmatic Band Releases New Tracks

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Welcome back to IRL. Here’s to hoping you had a good one being equal parts proud to live in a country where you don’t have to think too hard about what went into your readily available Apple phone and palm oil snacks, and all “pshhh” about the whole affair. We’re also fingers-crossed that you didn’t go too DIY on fireworks after a failed reconnaissance mission ‘cross the Pennsylvania border (really, you gotta know a guy to get anything close to decent fireworks ’round these parts)– because fingers and toes are maybe more valuable than even the most awe-inducing homemade mortar blast or Roman candle to your unsuspecting friend’s face. In the interest of such things, maybe you didn’t get your kicks, but fear not, there are better, much safer ways to get your thrills via rock n’ roll. Take this week to scoot your butt to some shows and allow yourself to revel. Believe us, it’ll make up at least a little bit for this increasingly less-explosive holiday.

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Boys and Girls, Here’s the New Video From The Men, Playing Bowery Tonight


If that new movie about Fort Tilden didn’t have you longing for summer, this new video from The Men surely will: it involves a trip down to Robert Moses State Park and some True Detective-style dabbling in the occult. The song, “Pearly Gates,” is a hard-chugging throwback rawk tune in the spirit of “LA Woman,” and it’s off of Tomorrow’s Hits, out this week via Brooklyn label Sacred Bones (you may have seen a mural for the album — their fifth in four years — in Williamsburg).
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