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Cro-Mags and Eyehategod at St. Vitus this Sunday (8/27)

EyeHateGod at Brooklyn Bazaar in April © Dylan Lappin

Two old-time bands with a lot of hard time put on the road are doing both a matinée and a sold out evening show at St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) this Sunday (8/27) as part of their Left to Starve summer tour.

Of course calling either band old-time is just asking for a beating, because it’s generally not too safe to antagonize a hardcore punk band (Cro-Mags) nor a metal/hardcore/southern sludge band out of New Orleans (EyeHateGod, or just “EHG” for you texters).

I’m sure both these bands have been jumped by a pack of chin-less white supremacists more than once in the past with the band coming out ahead.

And it’s not right to consider their sound old-time, when that’s changed quite a lot for both bands, and in all the right directions. Continue reading

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Jim Testa Q&A: On the Trump & Christie Double Bill, Jersey Bands, and Making Music in North Brooklyn

Jim Testa (far left) with a folk brigade. Photo by Andrew McInerney.

Whether you are fourteen or forty years old, your parents went through some boom years, either the go-go ’80s or the post-war Baby Boomer era.

People were making good money, but some songwriters knew there was a lot going wrong on the social and political scene.

In the ’60s you had Dylan and Arlo Guthrie to point it out. For my generation, it was Henry Rollins and the Dead Kennedys.

Now Jim Testa has appeared as the critical voice for our time. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Road Trip with A Poet

S. Kunitz 1905 – 2006

Waking up at 4 AM this morning, I fumbled around on my iPhone for podcasts to kill time until dawn. Garrison Keillor’s show came up first.

Keillor always ends with a poem, and on this episode it was Route Six by Stanley Kunitz, that follows the poet’s summer road trip to Cape Cod with his wife.

To get everyone into the spirit of our own quickly approaching day trips to the beach, I match the mood of Kunitz’ poem by quoting it alongside this weekend’s best live music. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: Beyond the Headline(r)s (4/4-5)

The Beech Creeps
The Beech Creeps
 
Back in the day, there was an advice columnist who assumed the persona of a familiar figure: your most annoying relative. He provided “wisdom you did not ask for from someone you will not like.” This week, we offer the same. There are some perfectly fine popular bands playing in North Brooklyn this weekend. We urge you to show up to the club early and catch some of the bands playing before them.

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