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WTUL Marathon CD-Release Party 

If you've been listening to WTUL -- 91.5 FM on your radio dial -- this week, you may have noticed the manically pitched on-air delirium that signifies it's pledge drive time. The station, while technically a student program, only receives a small portion of the funding necessary to stay on the air from Tulane University. The rest of the cash it needs to cover yearly operations has to be wrung from the chain wallets of their listeners. For years, WTUL has been one of the only outlets for progressive underground rock in New Orleans -- the local and national bands that make up their playlists provide much-desired succor to the brass and funk-abraded ears of indie rockers in the Crescent City. This gig -- one of many over the marathon weekend -- celebrates the release of the 5th annual Songs From the Basement compilation CD, featuring unreleased tracks from local artists as well as genuine famous people who have lived in town and support the station. On tonight's bill are raggedy Southern garage-rockers the Black Rose Band, the tight, bittersweet pop of the Junior League, the crunchy, distorted, radio-friendly indie rock of Broken Smokes and the unpredictable electronic noises and mumbled science of D. Lefty Parker (pictured) with MC Trachiotomy. Suggested donation $5. -- Alison Fensterstock

10 p.m. Sat., March 31

Circle Bar, 1032 Lee Circle, 588-2616

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