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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tonight in Music: Truman's Water, Diminished Men, Killer Canary, and More

Posted by on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM

From the Stranger Suggests:

Trumans Water, Tiny Light, the Freehands

(Funhouse) For a hot minute in 1993, when they were riding the rambunctious high of Spasm Smash XXXOXOX Ox & Ass, Trumans Water represented indie rock's pinnacle. They brought a careening, coruscating energy to a scene that too often mistook lassitude for slack cool. Trumans Water's quasi-comeback album after a long hiatus, O Zeta Zunis, casts their no-wave abrasiveness and rowdy dynamics in a slightly more accessible light, but it still bears a caustic sting. Get ready to spaz. (Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave N, 374-8400, 9:30 pm, $7, 21+) Dave Segal

From Up & Coming:

Lower Dens, the Curious Mystery, Diminished Men

(Sunset) Diminished Men are instrumental, surf-rock operators performing brain surgery noir. Their sound is the soundtrack for a must-see spy thriller, The Operation of the Samurai. A scientist's brain must be safely transplanted into a samurai in order for the world not to end. Drummer Dave Abramson, guitarist Steve Schmitt, and Fender Bass VI stylist Simon Henneman cut into and out of jazz-fleshed sections with precision. By the surgical mastery of their instruments, they save the world every time. Also featured at Diminished Men shows is a fog machine that never stops billowing. By the end of the set, you can barely see them, which only enhances the power of their samurai sound. The Curious Mystery are K Records psychedelia driven by Doors-style American country-blues. They are tantric and garage, and vocalist/siren Shana Cleveland sings in a near trance. TRENT MOORMAN

Killer Canary, Indecisive Rhythm

(Showbox at the Market) Killer Canary and Indecisive Rhythm are musical soul mates. They've both got the pop-punk thing down cold. They both have enough screamy edge to keep things safely on the proper Pixies side of the fence (as opposed to the wretched Blink-182 side), but they're not afraid to be catchy. If you're looking for noodly, aimless rockgasms that never end, you should probably keep on walking. But if you like your music in three-minute, easily digestible verse-chorus-verse chunks, this could be the best night of your August. PAUL CONSTANT

And there's always more in our complete music calendar listings.


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