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Ratking Come Downtown to Play Mercury Lounge Tomorrow

January 31st, 2013

New York magazine compares them to Odd Future, calling Ratking “Harlem’s new rival to the Los Angeles weirdcore rap crew.” And while The New York Times says, “Plenty of albums are about the city,” it maintains the uptown quartet’s EP, Wiki93 (stream it below), “is thoroughly New York.” Rappers Wiki and Hak and producers Sporting Life and Ramon began to get noticed with the release of the video for “Wikispeaks” last March and they’ve slowly but surely been developing their frenetic live show. Watch them, above, doing “So It Goes” for Viva Radio’s Me + You, and then see what the fuss is all about when they play Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.

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CMJ Music Marathon Starts Tomorrow

October 15th, 2012

Here in New York City, it’s the most musical time of the year because the CMJ Music Marathon, tomorrow through Saturday, is upon us (check out a selection of the bands you can see, above): five days and nights jam packed with bands playing in all sorts of places, including those you wouldn’t normally think would have a concert, plus plenty of the usual suspects. The Bowery Ballroom hosts CMJ lineups on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Mercury Lounge welcomes the Aquarium Drunkard: No Jacket Required lineup tomorrow, the Windish Showcase on Wednesday, the Merge Records Showcase on Thursday, a FREE late-night show with Ratking on Friday and the MezzoForte Showcase on Saturday. And, of course, Music Hall of Williamsburg is on in this, too, with the Captured Tracks Showcase on Thursday and the Fat Wreck/Rocks Off Showcase on Friday. And once again we’re throwing our annual day party at Pianos with seven bands downstairs and six upstairs on Saturday. Get involved with a whole day of great tunes plus bloody marys and margaritas.