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Week in Music: Put Your Goth Pants On, ‘Opti-Mystic’ Beach Rock, and More

(Flyer by Madison Velding-VanDam)

(Flyer by Madison Velding-VanDam)

Sharkmuffin, Def. GRLS, Stringer, The Wants, Taottss
Tuesday January 31, 7:30 pm at The Knitting Factory: $10

Here’s a great way to get an early-week jumpstart on shaking out your iHunch, and you don’t even have to drop lunch-times-three to attend an oversold yoga class where you will probably just get a black eye anyway after getting kicked in the face by some newly enlightened finance bro trying to hold flying crow pose. (You know the type: he invaded your yoga class after joining Pantsuit Nation on Facebook and buying a bunch of expensive safety pins.)  Sharkmuffin is a super magnetic, neu garge, and occasionally surf rock-strumming threesome (or “glam-grunge,” as they prefer) who balance hard partying with “opti-mystic” vibes.

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Mad Tiger Scratches The Surface, and Then Some, of NYC’s Wildest Art Band

Peelander-Yellow in Denver. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Peelander-Yellow in Denver. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

If one of Peelander-Z’s superfans is insisting you go to their Brooklyn Bowl show next Sunday and you’re wondering what to expect, start by imagining a cross between GWAR and Shonen Knife. Like GWAR, the self-described “Japanese action comic punk band” claims to be from another realm (the Z area of Planet Peelander, to be exact) and each of its costumed, color-coordinated members has a distinct identity: Peelander-Purple, for instance, hails from the planet’s “dark side.” And like Shonen Knife, they sing Ramones-esque pop-punk ditties about silly things like tacos and star bowling.

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Stay Out of the Storms By Seeing Sky and A Bolt of Light — Indoors!

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

Fresh off a residency at Rockwood Music Hall, New York natives Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! are not, in fact, Cold War Kids, though they might as well be. These guys play indie rock that’s a little bit of everything—a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. You know the drill. Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Monday, July 7 at 9:30 p.m., tickets $10
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You’ll Want to Hit Hannibal Buress’s Birthday Party Sunday

Hannibal Buress really is the man of the hour: not just because he’s celebrating his 31st birthday Sunday, but also because he’s coming off a first season of Broad City that was so great it got name-dropped in a New Yorker cartoon, Seth Rogen just called him “the Jay-Z of stand-up comedy” in a hilarious interview over at Vulture, and his pilot just got picked up. (Actually, his tweet about that last one wasn’t quite true, as he recently explained to Conan). Oh, and his latest hour, “Live From Chicago,” drops Saturday at midnight on Comedy Central.
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Forget Thor and Pick Over Some Highbrow Comics This Weekend

While theater-goers watch a comic book-based movie about a Norse god who smashes things with a hammer this weekend, a different kind of comic book will be celebrated in Williamsburg. Comic Arts Brooklyn is having its first festival Saturday at Mt. Carmel Church and The Knitting Factory, replacing the now defunct Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival.
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This Week, So Much Power Pop

We’ve already outlined a couple of worthwhile shows in our weekend events round-up (reminder: Death by Audio. Tonight. Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner, and California X. You won’t spend a better $8 all year), but this being New York City, there are, of course, several more shows worth attending over the next week, a few of which are highlighted below. For more complete listings, see the B+B calendar.
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‘There Weren’t Any Pie Shops or Knitting Shops’ Last Time These Guys Rocked NYC

During some between-song banter at Red Hare’s live debut at the Knitting Factory last month, the band’s frontman Shawn Brown marveled at the contrast between Williamsburg today and his first time playing CBGB in the ‘80s with his DC hardcore band Swiz.

“I definitely remember the city being a little grittier,” Brown told Bedford + Bowery backstage. “There weren’t any pie shops or knitting shops, or anything like that on the Bowery.”
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