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Deadly Snakes

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Anyone who still thinks of the Deadly Snakes as a garage band either isn't listening or has way more tools in his garage than most people. Porcella (In the Red), the latest from this ten-year-old sextet, is a masterpiece of sprawling, indulgent, and ambitious songwriting that puts various flavors of underground Americana through a meat grinder; somehow they come out sounding beautiful on the other end. It's comparable to the sort of thing the Bad Seeds can do at their best. (I always thought not being American helped the Seeds, and lo and behold the Deadly Snakes are Canadian.) They play a sort of broken white-boy soul pounded through with mandolin, sax, and organ abuse, pulling it off like they think they invented it--and almost convincing you too. Telenovela and His & Her Vanities open. Sat 11/12, 10 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499, $10.

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