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Every time you run into local emcee and spoken-word artist DJ Brewer, a.k.a. Jack Wilson, he has something in the works -- new recordings, a new live lineup, new rants or a new event. This week, he's combining all of the above in Lawrenceville. On Sat., Feb. 28, Brewer's part of a Leap Night afterhours party at Your Inner Vagabond, alongside electronic duo Discuss, Ekofield, and DJs Cutups and Keebs. Brewer plans to debut some tracks written in collaboration with Andres Ortiz-Ferrari, of Discuss and Ekofield. The event runs from 1-5 a.m., and is advertised as "$10 guys, $5 girls, free drinks." And on Tue., March 3, Brewer switches hats, hosting the New Amsterdam's first poetry reading.

 

Pop-punk stalwarts Punchline will headline an event at Chatham University this week called Rock the Cause, a benefit for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Food Pantry. The show starts at 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 27, at Chatham's Athletic & Fitness Center, with performances by Punchline and other local bands, and DJ Zimmie. The event is free; canned, nonperishable food or other donations to the Food Pantry are encouraged.

That same night marks what's become a bit of a tradition for some emerging local bands: the Rock United mini-fest at the Rex Theatre. The all-ages event will feature The Show, Johnny & The Razorblades, The Dregs, Words Not Spoken, A Vision Within and T.J. Cornwall (of the band Cloverleaf). The show starts at 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 27 ($10), followed by an over-21 afterparty at 11 p.m. ($2). For more info, visit www.myspace.com/rockunited

 

With March come a few anticipated local releases, follow-ups from artists we've covered in recent years. For example, 2009 makes the fourth time Chancellorpink has made good on his promise to self-produce an annual album. His fourth album of entirely self-recorded, Magnetic Fieldsian pop, Life Like Sad Music, will be released on March 22 by the Wax Electric label.

And coming out -- finally -- on March 24 is The Takeover UK's full-length album Running With the Wasters. Their EP for the Rykodisc label, It's All Happening, was released in early 2007, and the full-length album has been pushed back a few times; most recently it was March 3. But you'll have plenty of time to soak in the new tunes before their hometown CD release show, which will be April 17 at Brillobox.

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