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Gig Alerts: Harvey Milk

Monday, March 08, 2010

Harvey Milk
"Jim's Polish"
Playing at: Le Poisson Rouge
(158 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village)
Get: Tickets | Directions

Harvey Milk hails from Athens, Ga., a college town known more for the ascendency of R.E.M. and jangle rock than muck and misanthropy. But that was the scene's biggest contribution to music in the mid-1990s in form of Creston Spiers, Stephen Tanner and Paul Trudeau. The trio's Courtesy and Goodwill Toward Men from 1996 is regarded in certain circles as a before-its-time masterpiece and preceded the New York Times Magazine's analysis of the avant-metal scene by a full 10 years. This track, "Jim's Polish," dates from even further back -- the band's abandoned debut album from 1994, which was finally released late last year. It's more upbeat than a lot of stuff from the Harvey Milk catalog, but still reflects just how heavy this band can be. The show is part of the ongoing Blackened Music Series, which does a great job of peppering downtown and Brooklyn music venues with the best in modern metal.

Buy Harvey Milks's self-titled album at Other Music


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