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Glenn Branca to perform in NYC this Saturday

Glenn Branca.

Seminal minimalist composer and noise-guitar hero Glenn Branca is doing a rare live solo performance this Saturday, June 19, at NYC’s (Le) Poisson Rouge.

It’s been two years since his last solo appearance in NYC — a set with The Paranoid Critical Revolution at a more low-key venue, The Issue Project Room. Saturday’s show at LPR will also feature The Paranoid Critical Revolution, playing music from its new CD Euphobia.

Branca, who composes for orchestra as well as his own ensemble has been a big influence on a number of guitarists in the avant garde wing of rock music. Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and Page Hamilton of Helmet are among Branca’s disciples and played in his ensemble.

The show also is the official release party for the DVD of Ericka Beckman‘s No Wave film 135 Grand St. 1979, which will be screened. It includes the only extant footage of two of Branca’s earlier ensembles, Theoretical Girls, The Static, along with shots of a number of other bands of the period.

7 p.m. Saturday, June 19. (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., NYC. $13 in advance; $15 day of show. Tickets available by clicking here.

If it’s a national holiday, it must be time for The Feelies

The Feelies spent last Fourth of July in Battery Park in NYC, opening for Sonic Youth. That's Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan in the lower right corner, just to the right of North Jersey singer-songwriter Ed Seifert in the white T-Shirt. (Copyright 2008, Steven P. Marsh)

The Feelies spent last Fourth of July in Battery Park in NYC, opening for Sonic Youth. That's Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan in the lower right corner, just to the right of North Jersey singer-songwriter Ed Seifert in the white T-Shirt. (Copyright 2008, Steven P. Marsh)

The legend is that The Feelies only played on national holidays. While that’s not quite true — the reunited band has been playing more often than just holidays, even doing an acoustic show at The Whitney Museum last week — the band does like its holiday shows.

The Feelies' Glenn Mercer and Dave Weckerman talk to a fan in Battery Park.

The Feelies' Glenn Mercer and Dave Weckerman talk to a fan in Battery Park.

This year is no exception. The Feelies start at three-night celebration of the Fourth of July at Maxwell’s at 8:30 tonight, followed by 9:30 shows tomorrow and Saturday. They’re promising two sets each night, so it should be a good party.

Tickets are still available here, and presumably at the door for tonight’s show. Friday and Saturday appear to be sold out, but there’s always a chance of an extra ticket at the door.

Maxwell’s is at 1039 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. (201) 653-1703.

The Feelies open for Yo La Tengo at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, N.J., on New Year's Eve 2008.

The Feelies open for Yo La Tengo at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, N.J., on New Year's Eve 2008.