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At 12 members strong, it's not like the No BS Brass Band needs any more skilled collaborators. But it just started With Our Powers Combined, a series of shows in which members share the stage with other local artists, mixing styles into a sweet musical smoothie. Last month featured Gull, and on April 17 at the Camel, iLad will participate as part of its CD release show for “Here/There.” Although we reported this as a double album, iLad boiled it down to a single disc, with the remaining tracks being released this fall as an EP called “We Still Gawn Move.”

Before embarking on a spring East Coast tour, Prabir and the Substitutes will release a new six-song EP of rock 'n' roll jams entitled “Hello.” The release show is April 10 at Gallery5.

You no longer have to strain over noisy bar patrons to hear the hushed melodies of Liza Kate, as she's set to release her debut full length, “Don't Let the Dogs,” on Holidays for Quince Records. Now you can find a dark corner, pop on the new record featuring frequent collaborators Josh Small (Brainworms) and Curtis Patton (David Shultz and the Skyline), and revel in its quiet beauty. Or, you can shush the crowd at her CD release show May 22 at Gallery5.

40,000 Flies formed around 2002 as the one-man project of Geoffrey Dean Stanley. It began as a noisy electronic hodgepodge of weird instrumentation and bizarre lyrics and vocals and evolved into real songs arranged by jazz guitarist James Seretis. A revolving cast of various jazz and rock players from bands such as Fight the Big Bull, Modern Groove Syndicate and the Hot Seats (formerly Special Ed and the Shortbus) was recruited to play the songs. After a series of over-the-top performances, the band went into hiding in 2004 — until now. 40,000 Flies has secretly reassembled and are working on at least one Richmond date, tentatively scheduled for May 2. Look for a flyer though, because the band is eschewing all Internet promotion.

The last-ever issue of the classic metal magazine Metal Maniacs is out, featuring a sampler CD with a new unreleased track from Richmond death-metal faves Battlemaster called “Death is a Warm Cube.”

CORRECTION: Liza Kate's CD release show is May 22.



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