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Magik Markers Playing Union Pool March 29

This is the second week in a row that I’ve gone out of my way to hype up a show at Union Pool, so I’d say it’s safe to say that they’ve been “effing killing it” lately. Tomorrow night (3/29) Hartford noise act Magik Markers are coming through to support their new, old school punk-inspired record Surrender To The Fantasy with Endless Boogie and Mike Wolf behind the decks.

While the Markers’ latest record is more polished than anything they’ve ever done, their wildly unpredictable retains its organic, improvisational fervor. If you don’t believe me… watch the YouTube video of a live performance of “Bonfire,” and then stream the album version of the track. Don’t miss this one.

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Circulatory System Announce New LP, Opening For Neutral Milk Hotel

You may recall that Circulatory System were announced as the supporting act for Neutral Milk Hotel’s big Celebrate Brooklyn! shows this summer, and it looks like the fellow Elephant Sixers will be playing some new jams at the Prospect Park bandshell come July. The Will Cullen Hart-led band just announced the release of a new double-album, Mosaics within Mosaics, their first proper release since 2009′s highly touted Signal Morning. It’s out on June 24 via Cloud Recordings.

If you’re not familiar with Circulatory System, I wouldn’t be too surprised. They’re sort of the forgotten Elephant Six band; never quite attaining the mainstream cultural appeal or mythology of Neutral Milk Hotel, the immediate accessibility of Apples in Stereo or the experimental acumen of The Olivia Tremor Control, in most fans eyes. Not that they’d be right.

Circulatory System kind of falls somewhere in the middle of a sonic Venn Diagram of all of those bands; a disorienting (yet strangely pleasant) lo-fi mismosh of experimental fuzz folk, a shade or two darker than its breatheren. Cullen Hart’s hazy bedroom lo-fi deserves considerably more credit for inspiring an entire generation of late-aughts scuzzy dream-pop, centered on acts like No Age, Deerhunter and Ducktails. Listen to my favorite cut, “The Frozen Lake/The Symmetry” below. Read More

Gigstock, 2 Day Fest With Conor Oberst, Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Two-day mini-festival Gigstock comes to NYC’s Green Space at 44 Charlton St. on April 9 and 10th with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Parquet Courts on the first day, and Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and James Vincent McMorrow on day two. The fest, which “brings great artists and their fans together for music and conversation” is co-presented by WNYC Soundcheck and Oh My Rockness. Tickets are on sale now.

Dave Chappelle Playing Radio City In June

Huge news today, kids. You might remember that Dave Chappelle returned to the stage last year at Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy Tour, which sounded pretty great. I didn’t go, but Flight of the Conchords co-headlined it, so it was probably great. Well, if you’re like me and weren’t willing to drop considerable bank on a comedy mega-show, you’re in luck, because Dave Chappelle just announced a night at Radio City Music Hall on June 19. There’s an AmEx pre-sale Tuesday, April 1 at 10 a.m. and the general sale is Friday, April 4 at 10 a.m.

White Lung Announce Domino Debut

As I previously noted, White Lung have signed a well-deserved deal with Domino to release their third album, which I’ve now learned will be titled Deep Fantasy and will be released on June 17. You can pre-order it now, and will be limited to just 1,000 pressings, “which consists of 150 gram Coke Bottle Clear vinyl and a 9″x24″ folded screen-printed poster. Also – randomly selected, limited to 50 LPs, will receive a ‘zine’ designed by White Lung!”

The press release notes that “the band is every bit as confrontational as before, but they’ve managed to open their sound up just enough to draw listeners in before kicking them in the face. (In a good way.)” It seems like an accurate description, based on the album’s first track, “Drown With The Monster,” which we previewed earlier this month when it was revealed as the A-side of a 7″ of the same name. It’s a bit cleaner, which is to be expected, and Mish Way will sound more melodic: Read More

Mishka Celebrates 5 Years Tonight With So So Glos, Heeney & More

BK streetwear/lifestyle brand MISHKA is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its flagship store at 350 Broadway on the Williamsburg/Bed-Stuy border tonight with an in-store reception from 7p.m. to 10p.m., where an exclusive snapback and t-shirt will be sold. There will also be raffles featuring local artists and brands, and what sounds like a potentially raucous party; or as raucous as things can get in a clothing store before 10.

For true raucousness, I recommend following the crowd down the street to the free afterparty at The Flat, which is highlighted by live performances from two of Brooklyn’s most vaunted punk acts, The So So Glos and Heeney. Pictureplane (who designs his own clothing for Mishka), Tony Quattro and Nick Gazin will DJ.

Brooklyn Brewery is sponsoring the show so maybe there will be free beer? Either way, sounds pretty ill to me.

Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg’s Outdoor Season Starts Soon

It was like 11 degrees when I woke up this morning, so I hope things heat up a bit by next Saturday, April 5, because that’s when the outdoor season begins for Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. As we noted, the Flea is expanding this year to include a new Crown Heights Beer Hall Berg’n at 899 Bergen Street.

Smorgasburg will expand to 0ver 100 vendors in Williamsburg on Saturdays, and will be at Pier 5, with over 80 vendors, in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sundays. Smorgasbar won’t open until April 12, however.

The Park Slope Flea will be re-launched at P.S. 321 and will feature free children’s programming from 826NYC, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Construction Kids and Mark Morris Dance Center. There will also be some new food vendors. Here’s the press release that was went out which has even more detail: Read More

World’s Fair NY State Pavilion Opening To Public

On Tuesday, April 22, the World’s Fair Pavilion in Queens will be open to the public for the first time in 27 years, which is pretty cool because it’s an iconic spot and few people have gotten a close look at it. It will be open for just three hours, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair, according to Queens weekly TimesLedger. Visitors need not RSVP – admission will be free – you’ll just have to wear a hard hat. Don’t worry, they’ll be provided.

Japanther should figure out a way to play there.

Wu-Tang Releasing Another New Album With A Million Dollar Price Tag

Well, this is totally out of left field, when you consider all the problems RZA has had in getting the crew together for A Better Tomorrow, but the Wu-Tang clan will release another LP called Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,  and it has an absolutely insane (but maybe amazing) concept. According to Forbes, only one copy of the double album, which was recorded in secrecy over the last few years, will be released for public purchase with a price tag in the “millions.”

Before the sale, RZA is planning a listening tour of the album at museums, galleries and festivals, where patrons will be charged a fee to listen to the 31 song album on headphones provided by the venue. There will be intense security checks to ensure no one is illegally recording the album. It’ll be encased in a LITERAL jewel case… an engraved silver and nickel box created by artist Yahya. Read More

Priests Release “Right Wing,” Playing PS1

D.C. punk band Priests have been on my radar since I caught them slangin’ lukewarm Chipotle vegan burritos into the crowd last year at 285 Kent. Since then, their blistering, un-downloadable EPs have drawn me to their Bandcamp fairly regularly to stream their Sleater-Kinney-indebted post-punk.

Full disclosure, I haven’t purchased their cassettes; mainly because I don’t have a cassette player, but if I did I’d have surely worn them out long ago and would be even more psyched for their fresh, new song “Right Wing.” It’s a bit more turnt-down than what I’ve come to expect from Priests, but still fairly awesome nonetheless. It’s off their forthcoming EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power, due out June 3 via Don Giovanni Records.

Priests are up in the city this weekend for a Sunday Session at MoMA PS1, and they’ll be joined by Swearin’s Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride, plus Dirty Projectors member Olga Bell and Providence’s Downtown Boys. Pitchfork’s Jenn Pelly will be on hand to discuss the “intersection of feminism, politics, and art within the context of their own narratives and music,” as well. Sounds like the perfect Sunday venture to me.

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