Japanther is: Ian Vanek, Matt Reily

One of the most well respected and truly underground bands in New York, Japanther rarely play traditional venues. You find them in warehouses, lofts, restaurants, basements, bedrooms, bathrooms...anywhere you can squeeze two guys, a bit of equipment, and a mass of sweaty fans. The Bass and Drum Art/Noise/Punk duo are one of the most revered live acts in New York, and this weekend we have two chances to see them. On Saturday, they are playing the Billyburg Short Film Festival at McCarren Pool with MC Michael Showalter. Then Sunday they're playing The Solar-Powered CitySol Festival at Stuyvesant Cove Park. Make it your beeswax to get to one of these shows.

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