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Merchandise in-store at Park Ave CDs, David Vassalotti live session on WPRK and solo set for the In-Between Series

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Merchandise in-store at Park Ave CDs, David Vassalotti live session on WPRK and solo set for the In-Between Series

Though Orlando didn't snag a date on 4AD band and Florida underground stalwarts Merchandise's 2016 tour, the City Beautiful hosted three even more unique Merch events. First, the band premiered their gorgeous Corpse Wired for Sound album at a free Park Ave CDs in-store performance, where the quartet got loose with improv'd versions of songs new and old. And then a few months later in January, founding member/guitarist David Vassalotti blew into town to record a live radio session at college station WPRK and then packed out the Gallery at Avalon Island for the most volcanic In-Between Series yet, a cathartic, improvised solo set built around raw guitar work and loops that was equal part unhinged and deeply, deeply vulnerable.

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