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Japanther fans get the Rock and Roll Circus to shut down early

Last night kicked off the first ever Rock and Roll circus at Lincoln Center, in a staggering amalgamation of sonic exploration, creative energy and... chaos. Many New Yorkers (at first glance mostly Brooklynites and "Downtowners" filtered their way through the stuffy uptown building accessing the Big Apple Circus tent to see some cool NYC indie bands. Electric Tickle Machine kicked off the show to cheering hipsters, as off beat circus dancers jived around the ring, followed by The So So Glos who rocked as they always do with their aggressive indie punk. But it was Japanther who "succeeded" in bringing the real Brooklyn DIY spirit (consisting in creating situations that piss off security and police) to this event. Their show was interrupted after 3 songs because about 100 fans rushed the stage and started crowd surfing and jumping on each other. Bigger Circus show tonight (but not free) with LA's Ariel Pink and Saint Motel. - Christine Castanon

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Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco will be releasing his third album, Lasers, on March 8th on Atlantic Records. On Christmas day he released a video for his new track and the albums first single "The Show Goes On".

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A "Chill Wave" accross the East coast: Woods and Ducktails tour

Woods, hailing from Brooklyn and Ducktails (pictured), from New Jersey, are setting out on a shared East coast tour. Woods will be stripping down their set and playing mostly acoustic versions of their older songs, as well as songs from their upcoming album, due out later this year. Ducktails are along for part of the ride, joining Woods in five shows (from Burlington on February 2nd to Baltimore on February 8th), before playing solo on three dates (Brooklyn on the 8th and 18th of January and Philadelphia on the 15th). Ducktails will be joined for one show (the Brooklyn January 18th date) by Chicago-based Smith Westerns. And, beginning on March 14, Woods embarks on a European tour, hitting cities such as London, Paris, Berlin and Helsinki (March 16th, 18th, 21st and 27th, respectively). Their European tour ends with the End of the Road Festival in North Dorset in the UK. Be sure to bookmark these tour dates, for this is a tour you definitely do not want to miss! - Leah Tribbett

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Free Download Available This Week Only of RJD2’s Remix EP

Looks like RJD2 is starting off the year in a generous mood. You can download for FREE a new remix EP with three versions of his track “The Glow” from The Colossus here. The EP features a reworking by Chicago DJ duo Flossstradamus, which you can take a listen to below, as well as “The Glow” remix contest winner, Paolo Palazzo, and Candy Panther. But download it quick because it will only be available for free this week. Enjoy! - The Deli Staff   

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The Mormons release Forge Ahead EP

It was a cold and easy drive down to Pehrspace on Dec. 30th to catch Hello My Name Is Record's year end show. Tucked away in an unassuming commercial building dotted with restaurants, it's a venue where the uninitiated only seem to enter when dragged in by friends; it breeds a level of intimacy in the crowd.

The band I was most impressed with, in part that I hadn't seen them live up to this point, was the straight ahead punk rockers The Mormons. Donning the missionary garb of white dress shirts, ties, slacks, bike helmets, and backpacks, I knew from first glance the band would be a treat. Their vocalist, Patrick, contorted and shook like a special ed case before ending the show by crawling under a rug and letting the crowd drag him away. I should be wearing a bike helmet too, my skull feels like it was cut open and the Mormons took a hand blender to it.

The Mormons recently released their EP, Forge Ahead, on their own label MorMusic. It's available for purchase and download at CDBaby. For fans of Bad Brains, Fugazi, or even Devo, it's a fresh musical fix.

-Angelo Lorenzo

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