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Performance Picks: Stigma Unbound, Alaskan Journey, Moon Juice

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(flyer via The Juice / Facebook)

The Juice!
Wednesday, October 25 at Union Pool, 7:30 pm: $5 advance, $7 doors

What is The Juice? Is it pressed and does it cost $9 for some reason? I do not know about how pressing the situation is, but I do know that this juice costs $5 in advance and $7 at the door. It is also a comedy show hosted by Carmen Christopher, which seems more enjoyable than sipping some green and/or pulpy liquid through a straw, which we were recently reminded are bad. Tonight, the show welcomes stand-up from Liza Treyger, Casey James Salengo, Dan Licata, and Greta Titelman, and improv from John Reynolds, Zack Pearlman, Monique Moses, Meghan Strickland, Matt Barats, and Zach Cherry. If you’re already tired of all the spooky and Halloween-themed goings-on around, why not check out something loosely themed around uh, juice. Keep Reading »

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California Invasion, Pop. 1280’s First Gig of the Year, and More Good Shows

Fred Thomas (Image via PopGun)

Fred Thomas, Kyle Forester, What Next? 
Wednesday March 29, 8 pm at Union Pool: $12

Back in 2007 when Saturday Looks Good to Me had found its way into CMJ, the Detroit Metro Times wondered, “Will Success Spoil Fred Thomas?” The short answer has turned out to be, no, not really. The slightly longer one is that Fred Thomas is a nice guy. So nice is Fred Thomas, that even after finding some well-deserved recognition in a fast-shrinking corner of music that is still confoundingly known as “indie rock,” he still does normal cool-dude stuff. He recently even stooped to record the lowliest trash-life punk that Detroit has to offer: the K9 Sniffies, whose members I hesitate to even call “musicians” (but who I am obligated to admit are my friends, or whatever).

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Four Shows: Neon Spandex and Hair Metal Redux, Thurston Moore & John Zorn’s Dream Team

(Flyer via Union Pool/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Union Pool/ Facebook)

Ereptile Destruction, Growler, Shitkill
Tuesday November 22, 9 pm at Union Pool: $8

Once in a while, it helps to forget everything that’s happened to metal since nu metal hit, and take a trip back to our roots. Growler, a Brooklyn-based act that describes itself simply as “hard and loud” helps get us there, mainly by defying the trend toward increasingly humorless, doomed and/or blackened what-have-you. Lately, it feels like we’re so chin-deep in sludgy muck that it’s easy to forget where we started. Growler’s throwback sound plops us back in the early ’80s, with their high-pitched, falsetto, bordering on operatic vocals that recall Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

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This Here Sonic Crystal Ball Reveals Five Killer Shows in Your Future

(Image via Webster Hall/ Facebook)

(Image via Webster Hall/ Facebook)

SUUNS, Eaters, John Congolton and the Nighty Nite
Thursday April 28, 7 pm at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall: $15
The Marlin Room inspires a sense of foreboding in me: visions of an antechamber filled with clamoring sea beasts who’d like nothing more than to pierce my and your flesh with their Samurai snouts, then placidly inspect our writhing, tortured remains with their lifeless, black membranes-for-eyes. But I’m sure that people have made it in and out of shows at this Marlin Room before. Right? Could be a trap, or it could be worth it. If you can get past all this, then by all means go see Suuns and friends.

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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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4 Good Shows to See This Week

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

Wolf Eyes: Trip Metal Residency
Thursday February 4 through Saturday February 6 at Union Pool: $12 – $14 
Vape with the dirty dogs and witness half of Detroit’s noise music scene take over Brooklyn this weekend. The Poppa Bear old timers of Wolf Eyes will lead their little pack of trip metal prodigy puppies– all of whom you’re guaranteed only to have heard from if you lurk around shows in Detroit occasionally, or can claim at least a few drunken years of crashing/ trolling, pissing on pool tables at co-ed parties in Ann Arbor. Or maybe you just read the internet a lot. Who knows? Let’s go with internet underground music dweeb, that way everyone’s invited. Keep Reading »

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Summer Thunder at Union Pool

This weekly throwdown in Union Pool’s back patio brings bands and DJs that are way better than they need to be for the gratis admission price. Get there early.

This summer’s lineup:

•MAY 30•
SUMMER THUNDER KICKOFF
HECTOR’S PETS
METALLEG
SLAM SECTION
ROYA
+ SPECIAL GUESTS!
https://soundcloud.com/hectors-pets
https://metalleg.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/royatheband?fref=ts

•JUNE 6•
INNOVE GNAWA
RYAN SAWYER & BEN VIDA DUO
DJ MIKE BONES
https://www.facebook.com/inogna
benvida.blogspot.com
https://twitter.com/ryan_lonewolf

•JUNE 13•
BLUES CONTROL
HEX MESSAGE
OHAL
DJ IMAGE MAN // DJ KEJE
http://grupabluescontrol.com/
https://myspace.com/hexmessage
https://soundcloud.com/ohal_g

•JUNE 20•
IMPOSE MAGAZINE PRESENTS…
HOT SUGAR
CRYING
YUNG GUTTED
DJ ERIC PHIPPS
www.imposemagazine.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HotSugarWorld
https://www.facebook.com/cryingband
https://www.facebook.com/YungGutted

•JUNE 27•
DESTRUCTION UNIT
CHEENA
BEECH CREEPS
+ DJ FANTASY MAN (Cory Feierman)
http://www.ascetism.com/dunit/
https://cheena.bandcamp.com/
https://beechcreeps.bandcamp.com/
GOOGLE CORY FEIERMAN

•JULY 4•
JOE BATAAN
DJ TURMIX
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Bataan/178787325528153
http://www.djturmix.com/

•JULY 11•
PAT PARTY
w/ BOTTOMS
https://www.facebook.com/PATPARTYNYC
https://www.facebook.com/bttms

•JULY 18•
WOLF EYES
BLAZER SOUND SYSTEM
http://wolfeyes.net/
http://blazerss.net/

•JULY 25•
KID CONGO POWERS
+ Special Guests!
kidcongopowers.blogspot.com/

•AUGUST 1•
NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN
& PANACHE PARTY
*STAY TUNED!*
www.newyorknighttrain.com/
http://www.panacherock.com/

•AUGUST 8•
*STAY TUNED!*

•AUGUST 15•
*STAY TUNED*

•JUST ANNOUNCED!•
•AUGUST 22•
WFMU PRESENTS…!
COMPLETE (1st NYC show)
OCTAGRAPE
HONEY RADAR
WFMU DJs
http://wfmu.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukjnrXTTvPY
https://octagrape.bandcamp.com/
http://honeyradar.com/

•AUGUST 29•
STEVE GUNN
+ SPECIAL GUESTS!
steve-gunn.com/

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Best Behavior’s Debut Album Came Out of a ‘Montel Williams-Style Breakup’

Best Behavior. (Photo Credit: Mike Prieto)

Best Behavior. (Photo Credit: Mike Prieto)

Bushwick band Best Behavior is already catching attention and touring nationally — even though it only formed in January. A self-described “60s garage rock, surf punk” band, the four guys are preparing for the release of their debut LP, Good Luck Bad Karma, which drops today via Money Fire Records. As is required of any self-respecting garage-rock band, a celebration of the release will ensue at Union Pool on Saturday night. They’ll perform with Haybaby, The Rizzos, and Surf Rock Is Dead, which released a new single today.

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Kid Congo Powers at Summer Thunder

This weekly throwdown in Union Pool’s back patio brings bands and DJs that are way better than they need to be for the gratis admission price. Get there early.

By some estimations, Kid Congo’s been a part of at least 420 bands over his three decades-long career, including legendary acts like The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and this writer’s personal favorite, The Gun Club, of which Powers was a founding member. He’s maintained the same trademark style throughout, but what’s truly impressive is his ability to consistently churn out a fresh take on what’s become a recognizable sound: garage rock that has kidnapped classic rock n’ roll and splattered a spooky, punk attitude all over its high drama, all while injecting a heady dose of grit into the glamorous excess.

Read the B+B Q+A: Kid Congo’s Still Got the Power, the Pink Monkey Birds are Flying Our Way

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Wolf Eyes, Blazer Sound System

The last time we saw Wolf Eyes it was in the cavernous depths of 285 Kent when the place was in the midst of its death rattles. It was the perfect environs for the Michigan-born death noise band, as cold, dark, and dank as a Detroit warehouse party, the natural habitat for this particular brand of Trip Metal (TM). It’s hard to picture how we’re going to grapple with the heaping portion of sensory dissonance that is a Wolf Eyes show happening at North Brooklyn’s most notorious meat market. As part of its backyard Summer Thunder series, Union Pool will provide the backdrop for a sunny afternoon replete with punishing noise. But wait, perhaps we’ve mentioned this before, but we’ll say it again — nay, we’ll sing it to the heavens: this show is free as hell. Meaning you’d be a dummy to spend your Saturday sleeping in and risk getting trapped in the refrigerator section of the meat market, if you catch our drift.

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Shows: Trip Metal Metastasizing and Sweaty Dance Party in a Bathtub

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Here’s to hoping you took this past weekend to cram your butt, beach umbrellas, and coolers full of malt liquor onto the A train, also known as the Express Train to Beach Salvation. Lord knows nearly all of Brooklyn decided this was the way to go. I’ve got the bite marks to prove it. If you didn’t get your Rockaway kicks in along with the rest of us, chances are you’re gonna miss out big time on a weekend of epic gigs on the horizon. Trust us, this is the time to play hooky, because how else are you possibly going to realize your Best Summer Ever without skipping out on your earthly responsibilities? You’ve really dug yourself a hole, haven’t you? Here are the shows happening this week that’ll get you out of it.

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Week in Shows: Doctors in Experimental Sound and Weird Punk from Middle Earth

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It’s official now, right? We’ve entered the season of sweat. We’re all gonna smell like crap from here until depression, and shows are the perfect bacteria-breeding, lust-filled eco-chambers for housing all those fun city smells under one decrepit roof. Unless you’re so lucky as to find yourself a backyard show, or better yet a backyard show series like the one happening at Union Pool, get ready for seriously noxious fumes. But just imagine, with Summer Thunder you’ll be able to get rowdy in the heat of a summer show and be able to breathe. They don’t say Union Pool is the straight man’s cruising heaven for nothing. We’ll keep an eye out for more open-air music happenings, but until then, when heading to your neighborhood DIY dungeon, don’t forget to break out the kerchiefs, patchouli, or even a plague mask if you can swing it, you’re gonna need em.

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