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Jeromie Dorrance is not a name many people know right now, but teaming up with Mario Zoots, of Modern Witch and Men in Burka renown, was a stroke of good fortune for him. Both Dorrance and Zoots are talented visual artists in their own right, with Zoots having been a visual artist long before trying his hand at music. Together the two provide panoramic, colorful projections for various artists around town, including Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Hearts in Space, as well as Zoots's own musical projects. In collaborating with musicians, whether through video improv or prepared visuals, Dorrance and Zoots make every show in which they participate that much more engaging, adding another layer of meaning to enhance the experience and stimulate the mind and senses.

Denmark's Iceage has been a bit of a buzz band for the past year and a half or so. Oftentimes, such bands are unable to live up to the hype that surrounds them — but when these guys played to a packed house at Rhino, from the beginning it felt like you were in an important moment. The stark iciness of the music was clearly coming from a place of raw emotion needing an outlet, and the crowd was swept up in that energy. Sometimes a show like this can get boringly out of control, with violence eclipsing any possible enjoyment, but this performance felt like everyone present was of a single spirit and discharging pent-up energies together rather than against one another. That unintentional togetherness is one of the marks of a truly great musical experience and not common enough.

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My Teenage Angst

Looking through your old journals can be fun, but reading from them while you're on stage in front of a room full of strangers somehow makes the experience incredibly awesome. From first-period nightmares to tales of selling kids fake LSD, the true stories keep spilling out during the monthly My Teenage Angst, each one more painfully true than the next. Host and organizer Megan Nyce sets the tone by kicking off each installment with a revealing chapter from her own teenage diaries, as well as notes from a middle-school sex-education book that serves as the perfect icebreaker. My Teenage Angst might be the most fun you'll have at a bar without having a drink. It's definitely more fun than being a teenager.

It's almost unheard of for a hip-hop club to consistently draw 1,000 people these days, but somehow, each and every Friday, the guys from Parlay Productions and 1600 Entertainment do just that. Whether it's the alluring sounds of DJs Ktone and Top Shelf that continually entice the masses, or the club's three-level setup, which is perfect for seeing and being seen, one thing is certain: Club Dreams owns the Friday-night hip-hop club scene.

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