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Week in Shows: ‘Creepy Crawlycore’ and M Lamar’s Radical, Black Metal Opera

(Flyer via Cooper Union/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Cooper Union/ Facebook)

PC Worship‘s EP release show is coming up this week at Palisades, as we trust you know from last week’s interview with Justin Frye. But there’s plenty else to get your hips poppin’ till then. Scroll your roll and see what’s in store.

An Evening with M Lamar
Monday, Nov. 30, 7 pm at Cooper Union: FREE
M Lamar is the “negro gothic devil-worshipping free black man in the blues tradition” you’ve undoubtedly been dying to see perform since we wrote about him back in September. The multi-talented, epically outspoken musician, composer, opera singer, and visual artist’s shows are enthralling not simply because M Lamar is a magnetic force all his own (just try being in a room alone with him, you’ve never feel so gazed-at in all your life, I promise), but because his operatic compositions wrestle with the deeply troubling history and harsh, continuing reality of racial injustice in this country. Lamar’s central aims are agitation and awakening, so prepare to be moved.

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Volvox, Divorce, The Dance Pit, Akanbi + Club Etiquette Issue 4 Release Party

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Whether it’s because of excessive boozing and very often drugging, lowered inhibitions or cover of night, maybe even social expectations or bro-on-bro insanity, the list goes on– people can act like total shitheads at shows, dance parties, clubs, and bars. Anuradha Golder knows this. She’s been partying for “a while now,” she laughed. “And I always thought, how can I make this better? How can I make this experience more enjoyable for myself?” Her zine, Club Etiquette, aims to answer those questions. Anuradha is dropping Issue No.4 at this dance party featuring sets by Akanbi, Divorce, and Volvox (acid house).

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Music: Wolf Eyes Album Release Show

(Photo via Facebook)

(Photo via Facebook)

Wolf Eyes (one of the greatest noise bands ever to emerge from “the dead, dread-filled haunted hills of Michigan,” thank you Forest Juziuk for the incredibly apt description of Michigan’s terrain) is releasing a new album, I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces, perhaps their one millionth recording to be release October 30th on Third Man Records. You can read more about the band right here but you can celebrate the release of their new album at Trans-Pecos. Don’t sleep on those tix!

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Week in Shows: Ultimate Trolls Unleash the Beast and Coke Weed Nod to Freeing the Innocent

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Wolf Eyes (Photo via Ad Hoc)

It’s the first week to get back out there and prove you’re an actual human being, not a ghost or a witch or even Sexy Donald Trump. Take off your mask and get back into the swing of things with two record release shows, a band of metal dads, and enough Trip Metal to make you quit Instagram forever. Find your trip outta here below.

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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.

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

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(Flyer via Aviv)

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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Shows: a Hot Breeze from the South and Ice Cold Beats from the Bay

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What the hell happened? Seems as if Fall came out of nowhere, and fast. Dead leaves on the gross-ass ground, trash tornadoes from the sudden gusts of ice wind, and a slanted sun that disappears before you’ve had the chance to get out of bed. We’ve already heard people planning to split for the Waste Coast (lame) before it gets ugly. Thankfully, we’ve got a number of bands blowing into town whose sounds hail from warmer climates, reminding us we can always travel to these places in our minds when shit hits the fan.

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Shows: a Fest For Grade-A Grating Noise and a Change-Up at Nothing Changes

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Our only utterance of advice for this week: pack em in, kids. If you’re as unsettled about the end of summer as we are, consider taking some of that aggression out at any number of these shows (there’s enough punk to go around for all of yous) or, better yet, gaze at some of these truly gnarly noise-makers in awe of frustrations much deeper than your own. Best, best, best of all, though: see what happens after a legendary rapper denounces her medium but returns to the stage anyway for something altogether new. Cheers to spiteful finales.

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Watch: Silver Apples, Bookworms, Giant Claw

Come see Silver Apples, a psychedelic electronic music group, an probably one of the first American bands to use electronic sounds in their rock music. Silver Apples also made a great contribution to the notion that we take for granted now, that feedback, noise, and general cacophony as made by electronic blips, buzzes, and gurgles are as salient to rock music as guitars n’ drums.

 

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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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Trans Pecos Experimental Music Series

Diamond Terrifier‘s experimental and outsider music series is one of those rare things: a free music event at a venue space (there is a one drink minimum but, whatever, you were totally gonna buy that beer anyway). This isn’t quite an open-mic night, but the kind of attentiveness and risk-taking and newness it inspires makes it similar. Swap out amateurs for seasoned musicians who are trying out their less seasoned material and you’ve got Practice. 

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At Trans-Pecos, Revival of an Experimental Music Series For Everybody

Practice music series, Monday nights at Trans Pecos in Ridgewood (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Practice music series, Monday nights at Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Trans-Pecos isn’t a new establishment by any definition– the Ridgewood music venue brought to us by DIY veteran Todd P has been hosting shows in the old Silent Barn space for about a year and a half now. During that time they’ve struggled to obtain a liquor license, which, let’s face it, makes all the difference in the world when it comes to running a (legal) show space. But when we stopped by Monday night for the return of Diamond Terrifier‘s experimental and outsider music series, Practice, the place was bubbling anew not just with boozy energy thanks to a spanking new license to serve, but with a combination that might seem lost on most other venues around town: hypnotic attentiveness to mind-bending music and an experimental lineup that was magically paired with a sense of accessibility.

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