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Brooklyn skuzz punx Surfbort have excused themselves from the tour, but L.A.’s jubilant Paranoyds are still coming to Masquerade’s Purgatory cranny on Tuesday, Jan. 28, on the heels of the release of their debut album, following a couple of great introductory EPs. Spendtime Palace are now taking Surfbort’s vacated middle slot. Atlanta’s Upchuck are in charge of getting this particular party started.
Like an artifact from some earlier faraway era, the heart of New York City rock ‘n’ roll is still beating loud in Jesse Malin. Passion, guts, gritty street poetry and pumped-up celebration characterize his shows, which are basically all about returning the redemptive power to rock, or at least rooting for it. With a setlist consisting of many of the songs from Sunset Kids, his latest album produced by (and featuring) Lucinda Williams, he tore it up opening for Drivin’ N Cryin’ at the Variety last month; this week he returns for a headlining show at The EARL on Friday, and an opening set for Cracker and Eyelids (ft. Peter Buck and John Cameron Mitchell) at the 40 Watt in Athens on Saturday.