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 V.22 No.49 | December 5 - 11, 2013 
Four Up

Four Up

Whether you’re craving garage rock, stoner, doom, grindcore or a schtick-heavy uke-and-upright bass duo, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V previews.
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Aural Fixation

Dark Sweets for High Desert Winter

A festive mixtape for holiday parties

Wherein we excavate an øשlqæda holiday mix—originally sourced from crates of 78s—via Spotify. Soundtrack eggnog hour with ho-ho-hølγ שаябlɛş treasure.

Sonic Reducer

The Warlocks Skull Worship · Black Flag What The ... · Xiu Xiu Nina

This week we listened to new releases from Xiu Xiu, Black Flag and The Warlocks. Now with A/V previews.
Franks and Deans
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

Buoyant and Rambling

Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal

At some point during the progression of meta-ultra-postmodernism, it was only natural that a band covering Rat Pack tunes revisioned as rambling ska paeans or blisteringly buoyant punk anthems based on the imbibing and love-making habits of dudes like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would rise from the rocanrol cauldron. Well it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks & Deans. They've succeeded by inflecting the sweepingly romantic, sometimes melancholy and nearly always self-referential ditties of these post-war, pre-rock vocal heroes with good-natured rhythms and danceable guitar leads—as well as an updated fashion sense that seems to borrow more from ZZ Top's summer style guide than from Robin and the 7 Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer, Hoss and Sampson await your indulgence at Low Spirits on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the admission price of $5 sure as heck beats dropping “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
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