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Guttersnipe w/Dregqueen, Frail Hands, LizBrain x Doug 

When: Fri., May 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Price: $20
Dregqueen's self-described "trans femme body pop" aims to mine the scraps for overlooked treasure, delivering the deliciously dance-y silver lining from each sonic cloud.


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    Thu., May 30, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
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    While Korea Town Acid rains down deconstructed beats at The Khyber, a chiller party is happening next door at Art Bar, with the experiments of the NSCAD Sound Collective percolating in the air as AFCOOP screens a new project.

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Vol 26, No 52
May 23, 2019

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