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In some ways Osaka's Boredoms are the ultimate postmodern--even post-postmodern--rock band. Like a musical Blob, their seemingly haphazard, deconstructionist punk rock voraciously consumes every style and influence it encounters. Yet rather than sound like some overloaded world-music amalgam, the Boredoms energetically take in and spit out sounds in a furious cycle of musical regeneration: noisy, chaotic splats butt up against variously fractured and emaciated hardcore drilling, weird sound effects clink against buzzing guitar chords, and pile-driver rhythms intersect lo-fl, homemade jams. As exhilarating as the Boredoms' deliriously disjointed music is on records, it's live that they really kick. Manic leader/singer Yamatsuka Eye directs the proceedings like a crack-smoking ringmaster, prancing and stomping over the stage and engaging in an absurd ballet with singer Yoshi-Kawa, replete with midair belly slams and acrobatic bob-and-weave verbal trades. Behind them the band cooks, guitar and bass leaping from noise fizzles to fearsome rhythmic attacks and a pair of out-of-control drummers both propelling and derailing the proceedings. (Drummer Yoshimi also provides trumpet and the ear-piercing caterwauls.) The two Boredoms gigs I've caught previously were totally different musically, so who knows exactly what'll happen this time, but it'll certainly be unlike anything you've ever seen before. Friday, 11 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203. Friday and Saturday, Lollapalooza, World Music Theatre, 1-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park; 559-1212 or 708-614-1616.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marty Perez.

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