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Hot Guts Release Another Split 7” on Badmaster Records

Hot Guts just added another piece to Badmaster Records’ continuing split 7” series with two songs about paranoia and male prostitution. “Dar’rat Hessia” comes at you with screeching buzz-saw guitars and bludgeoning drum beats packed in just barely over two minutes of night sweats. They’ll be joined on the 7” by fellow post-punkers NYC’s Pop. 1280. You can purchase the album at Hot Guts is currently working on their debut full length so stay tuned. - H.M. Kauffman



The Brown Bear Art & Music Fest - Benefit for Haiti at Clark Park July 17

Clark Park is no stranger to rocking action packed music festivals. But few of them support a cause that’s as noteworthy as the one that The Brown Bear Music & Arts Festival is collecting for this Saturday. Because every musician, poet, and artist on the lineup will be playing to the tune of rebuilding Haiti! Remember them, folks? Well, they certainly still need your help. So while you get an ample dose of jazz, rock and floetry, donate some cash and feel good about supporting a good cause. But the festival also brings together a pretty eclectic lineup! Surgeon are at the forefront of the fest’s rocking foundation, while The Last Barbarians bring some screamo punk, and Alien Architect get intergalactic. Moka loads up the soul guitar, while Big Unkle brings the funky fresh beats. The fest also brings some moving poetry and spoken word from Te’ V. Smith and Esha Thornton as well as plenty of arts & crafts vendors. The Brown Bear Art & Music Festival – Clark Park, 43rd and Chester, 11am - 8pm, All Ages, 21+ - Bill McThrill



Gang Banging Out the Jams at JB’s July 16

Ever since Gang stormed onto the scene a couple years back with “Guess What You’ll Find”, they’ve been carving their own niche on the local music scene with their dance art-pop. The fashionistas are certainly not afraid to get the party started with their melodically catchy tunes, gang vocals from Amanda Damron and Jaclyn McGraw, operatic overtones, and stellar production work from The Big Kids combine to create a sound that feels like a Rocky Horror Picture Show performance on a rocket ship headed directly to the edge of the universe. Whether you find yourself singing along to “Rat Poison” in large doses or hitting the dance floor in a fast-paced frenzy, you WILL be strangely moved. And when they are matched up with a hot act like Kid Sister, a former Top Performer in The Deli’s Best of Chicago Poll, the pace will be 2 fast 2 furious (even for Vin Diesel)! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - Bill McThrill




Early Ape Pop In at Millcreek Tavern July 16

Rock and roll dynamics and nostalgic pop vocals are what Early Ape will be bringing to Millcreek Tavern tonight. Their songs resonate the band’s varied influences like Spoon and Weezer, though a de-evolved version of the latter. Main man Nate Rylan is a Philly music veteran of sorts having been part of the Philadelphia Boys Choir, which helps explain his standout vocals. Having survived the possible physical and mental abuse that an adolescent might have felt from being in an all boys choir, you owe it to him to swing by and take a listen to what he’s been up to lately. Millcreek Tavern, 4200 Chester Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G. 



NYC Scene 2000-2010 - A Naughties Retrospective

The end of the decade offers an opportunity to look back at how the NYC scene (and the music industry it fuels) changed in a time frame that will be remembered for many reasons. This retrospective about the NYC music in the first decade of the new millennium was published in our 22nd print issue, enjoy!