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“These guys are used to being busy and juggling different things,” he said. “If anything, it makes us more focused when we do get together to work on music.”
Fresh from playing with fellow Japanese-American punks Peelander-Z at the Chicago RiotFest last month and opening for Desaparecidos at First Ave, Hideo Takahashi of the Birthday Suits is moving back to Japan “for a year or two,” he said — and thus putting his beloved, bombastic duo on hiatus following Saturday’s gig at the Turf Club with Pink Mink (10 p.m., $7). He promises he’ll be back often, though, and he just recorded a new album. …
Mason Jennings’ new Bo Ramsey-produced album, “Always Been,” will arrive Nov. 12 via Nashville’s Thirty Tigers label, with guest appearances by Iris DeMent, Pieta Brown and Neil Young/Mark Knopfler drummer Chad Cromwell. … Marijuana Deathsquads also have a new full-length coming Oct. 15, “Oh My Sexy Lord,” three days after the band heads up its own stage outside the Red Sea for the Zombie Pub Crawl. … The Melismatics’ new concept album, “Rising Tide,” co-produced by the Posies’ Jon Auer, hit stores Tuesday ahead of the Oct. 12 release party at the Amsterdam Bar. …
The New Standards are moving their annual holiday concert across the river to a bigger venue, the State Theatre, Dec. 7. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for $35-$100 via the theater box office or Ticketmaster. … In addition to his just-announced Four Fists 7-inch release party with P.O.S. Tuesday at the Triple Rock, Astronautalis will appear on stage at McNally Smith College of Music at 7 p.m. Monday to kick off the school’s Sound Bite Q&A series, also featuring Lucy Michelle and Jacob Hanson in the coming months. Details at McNallySmith.edu. …
After her van was burglarized last week following a gig in Buffalo, N.Y., Dessa quickly raised an impressive $33,000 via the fundraising site Indiegogo, most of which went toward her bandmates’ and photographer Ricardo Zapata’s stolen equipment. Equally impressive, she and the band returned home this week without canceling a single show. They will be back in action Thursday at the Rochester Civic Theatre.
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