Local Releases April 17 2002

BRASS CASTLE, The John Derek 7-inch EP (self-release); three-song vinyl by indie-rock trio; playing Wed., April 17, at The Earl

BUTTONHOOK, 101 (Toe Up); debut CD by heavy rock quartet; former members of Den of Thieves and Neurotica; playing the Masquerade, Thurs., April 18; www.buttonhook101.com

DROPSONIC, Belle (54-40 or Fight!); third album by hard-rock trio; release party Fri., April 19, at The Earl; www.fiftyfourfortyorfight.com

LOA, Information From the Underground (self-release); third album by seven-piece live hip-hop band; playing the Cotton Club Thurs., April 18; www.liveonarrival.com

MOJO99, The Phat Fecal Matter (self-release); debut by seven-piece live hip-hop band; playing Sat., April 20, at 708 Sprint St.; gina@balancingactsents.com