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Jesse Malin releases new album + plays Bowery on May 15

There's a lot to love about Jesse Malin. He’s got that bad-ass rock n’ roll gene that’s youthful and rebellious, and yet old-school enough to pass for classic rock genius. Songs like “Almost Grown,” and “Don’t Let Them Take You Down” are examples of Malin’s gritty, yet heartfelt ballads. In his still rather short musical carreer he’s shared stages with Lucinda Williams, The White Stripes, and even crafted a duet, “Broken Radio” with “The Boss” himself!
After three solo albums and seven years of touring, the indie songwriter came back to New York wondering what to do next. In 2009, Malin got together with Don DiLego, Randy Schrager, Matt Hogan and DJ Tommy USA and formed his new band, The St. Mark’s Social. In late April, Malin and the St. Mark’s Social have finished the band’s latest record, LOVE IT TO LIFE. Hot tracks include: the bluesy “Disco Ghetto”, the catchy “St. Mark’s Sunset”, and the exhilarating “Black Boombox”. Although his roots hail from the punk/hardcore era (as front man of Heart Attack), LOVE IT TO LIFE is proof that Malin has ascended the punk rock hierarchy to become indie pop punk king.
Jesse Malin and the St. Mark’s Social will be headlining Bowery Ballroom this Saturday, May 15th. Be sure to check it out! -Melissa Wong

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NYC artists on the rise Racoon Fighter

Closing the month of April, Brooklyn-based Raccoon Fighter raided Cake Shop along with Spanish Prisoners, She Keeps Bees, and Shark?. Raccoon Fighter kept their performance fresh and played with an infectious bite, minus the rabies, trading musical chairs between lead vocalist, Sean Gavigan, and fellow coon, Zac Ciancaglini,on guitar and drums. Backed by the new addition to the pack, Gabe Wilhelm on bass, the trio unmasked a pleasantly seductive, slinky style of raw rock. The forceful downbeats and shuffling percussion in between, lax guitar strums, and anxious, bluesy vocals of notable tunes, “The Upbeat,” “Rollin’ Wheel,” “Pillow Surf,” and “Forgot to Rot” left their marks on Cake Shop, making Raccoon Fighter a group to track. -Meijin Bruttomesso

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Best of NYC #44: Streetlab plays Best of NYC Fest on 05.15, Glasslands

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record sotre personnel and DJs). Many of the bands in this list will play The Deli's Best of NYC Fest in Williamsburg in May (6 shows in 3 different venues between the 13 and the 15).

“We're both rock guys at heart,” say StreetLab. Perhaps this is why they will perform with a new "rock" line-up at The Deli's Best of NYC Fest on 05.15 at Glasslands (the band will be opening our electronic late party with Glass Ghost and Gordon Voidwell at 11.30 and then DJ later). The DJ-ing duo of Mark 'Coz' Lamorg and Ryan Leary have become dab hands at taking rock songs and giving them dance-ability. But with their debut full length CD they are pushing the envelope by stepping outside the creative limits of the remixing format: 'Auto SPKR' features 14 original songs of their aggressive electronic signature, including the single NYSound, that's been available for streaming for awhile. Similarly to other projects with a background in the remixing field, Streetlab employs guest singers in most of their songs - you can preview a bunch of them on their myspace page here.

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Junk Science - CD release party at The Knit on 05.28

The indie hip hop scene, much like the indie-rock scene, is characterized by a remarkable diversity. Brooklyn rap group Junk Science has put a lot of time and work into distinguishing themselves from the pack. Each record they release is a collection of sonic experiments yielding consistently positive results. The music on their third release, A Miraculous Kind of Machine (ModernShark), truly sounds as if it has been spliced and stitched together in some dusty lab. DJ Snafu’s beats are an immediate draw; his creative sample usage and amazing knack for head-nod rhythm are reminiscent of an East-coast Madlib. Partner-in-Rhyme, Baje One, adds to the chemistry with diverse and playful lyricism, and I swear you can hear him smiling as he raps. With a name like Junk Science, you can tell these guys don’t take themselves too seriously. “Machine” shines in its levity and unassuming funkiness. They’ll be celebrating its release at The Knitting Factory on May 28th. - BrokeMC

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Shinobi Ninja release single + video game + play Mercury on 05.15.



On May 15, Shinobi Ninja will invade Mercury Lounge on a hometown mission. Shinobi Ninja’s debut single, "Brooklyn to Babylon," has generated hype with its unique accessory, a video game application, “Brooklyn to Babylon: Shinobi Ninja Attacks,” that is playable on iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The catching and clever format reflects a comparably distinct fusion genre of hip-hop, punk, grunge, and metal. A full length album is due out in July of this year but meanwhile, sneak through the Lower East Side and dance to SN’s festival of sounds. With a colorful mélange of musical roots and array of personalities that match the Brooklyn natives’ eye-catching wardrobe and vibrant onstage chemistry, Shinobi Ninja promises a wild party at the Lounge. Doors at 10:30; 21+; $10 Adv /$12 DOS. –Meijin Bruttomesso

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