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CBGB? CMJ? OMG! Your Guide to The Acronym Invasion

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In the coming weeks a flurry of acronyms approacheth the city as CMJ and the CBGB music festival make landfall. Both apparently used to stand for something cool. It’s safe to open your ears now, because we promise our picks have developed a special antibody rendering them resistant to a case of the lames which develops in conjunction with Apple collaborations and/or the advanced stage of Music Industrial Complex infection.
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Hear Axxa/Abraxas Do His Thing Before He Plays With Beach Fossils This Week

Ben Asbury, a Georgia native living in Asheville, NC, released his debut LP via Greenpoint’s Captured Tracks in March under the name Axxa/Abraxas. The name, Asbury explains, is a two-part homage: “Axxa” is a term used by his father in a poem and “Abraxas” references a gnostic godhead.
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Watch Heaven’s Jail Play a Cut Off Their New Record, Produced by Phosphorescent

Heaven’s Jail recorded their new album not in a celestial prison, but in the woods of Connecticut. Then they brought it back to Greenpoint for some mixing and production work by Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent. Tonight at Baby’s All Right, they celebrate the release of Ace Called Zero — their third album with Heart Break Beat Records.
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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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Hop Along With Bad Bunnies, Go Down the Rabbit Hole with LODRO, and More

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.
Bad Rabbits are a Boston-based rock/R&B outfit who’ve been around since ’07. The five-piece band serves up infectious, funky beats and driving vocal harmonies that manage to remain nimble. It’s impossible not to hop when Bad Rabbits play. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 8 at 8 p.m., tickets free

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An Outdoor Music-and-Film Fest in LIC, a ‘Mad Cow’ Marching Band, and More

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

The LOT LIC Music & Film Series, an eight-week summer party, makes its debut in Long Island City this weekend. It’s a free event, with music on Saturdays and film on Thursdays. We know what you’re thinking: no G train service will make it impossible to go. Not true! You can take the 7 to Court Sq. or the N to Queensboro Plaza and it’s a quick jaunt from there. This week’s performers are Sinkane, Takuya Kuroda and DJ D-Felic43-29 Crescent St, Long Island City, Saturday, August 2 from 3-9 p.m., tickets free
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Leisure Cruise at Baby's All Right

Dave Hodge of Broken Social Scene and Leah Seigel of Firehorse make up Leisure Cruise. The two began collaborating after Hurricane Sandy, and credit the disaster with much of the inspiration behind their debut album, Double Digit Love. They’re on the road now promoting their forthcoming album, Sailing, due out this fall. Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg, Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m., tickets $8