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HUB CITY: OUT OF THE BASEMENT #1 and #4 (PO Box 1561, New Brunswick NJ 07093)New Brunswick is such an anomaly: A university town filled with tens of thousands of people aged 18-30, Brunfuss only has one official live music venue (although there is a thriving basement-show sub-culture) and not a single record or music store. And until recently, not even a fanzine. Jarrett and Marrissa from the Screaming Females have thankfully filled that last gap with Hub City: Out of the Basement, which includes interviews with bands from the local scene as well as musings and opinions about crucial indie-rock issues. Issue #1 includes a long interview with local scene stalwart Mikey Erg, Jarrett's musings (following a national tour) on this country's antipathy to all-ages venues, and a rundown of some out-of-town bands coming through town. Issue #4 has an essay by Marrissa on her experiences discovering punk culture and a long interview with the band Hunchback. This is a great start and I hope they keep it up. One suggestion: How about an ancillary website or MySpace page with an up-to-date calendar of New Brunswick shows (especially the basement shows, which usually have to rely on flyers and word-of-mouth?) It would also be nice to see contact information on how to get a show at The Parlor or Court Tavern for bands planning on passing through the Hub City. Just a thought. - Jim Testa