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Chinese Stars, Brilliant Pebbles, Dead Gods, Awesome Brothers Free Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Mon., Oct. 6, 9:30 p.m. 2008

After Arab on Radar imploded in 2002, at the height of their buzz, front man Eric Paul and drummer Craig Kureck joined up with Rick Pelletier of Six Finger Satellite on bass and guitarist Paul Vieira to form the Chinese Stars. While not as confrontational as their predecessor, the Stars are possibly more disturbing, containing their madness within a jittery but more conventional noise funk. You can hear the sonic effect of this on last year’s Listen to Your Left Brain (Three One G), on which Paul gleefully delivers lines so demented and compelling he’s like a bus ranter with the gift of poetry. (I Offered Myself as the Sea, a collection of his writing, was recently published by Heartworm Press.) The album was Pelletier’s last with the band; he’s since been replaced. —Monica Kendrick

The beehived ghosts of a 1950s cone-tits band haunt Dead Gods’ swamp-dance tunes like skeletons guarding pirate treasure—at the first glint of gold the whole thing gets spooky. Gloopy bass, palpitating high hat, Uncle Fester keyboards, and boingy guitar align like window blinds until a cord is yanked and they all snarl up in an ass-ripping clog dance, flooding the scene with airy girl-group wailing and kiddie piano pling. This is a fairly new local group; see them now and brag later that you saw them way back when. —Liz Armstrong

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