DIRTY PROJECTORS | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Dirty Projectors' new album, Rise Above (out September 11 on Dead Oceans), is a "reimagining" of Black Flag's 1981 hardcore masterpiece Damaged, reportedly inspired by the discovery of an empty cassette case for the album. Bandleader David Longstreth leads the Brooklyn-based quartet, now on its fifth lineup, through 10 of the original 15 tracks, but you won't recognize much beyond the lyrics: The guitar rhythms are playful, recalling African highlife, peppered with runs owing more to flamenco than Greg Ginn. Longstreth sings like Antony Hegarty and Prince having an argument, and lines like "I got a six-pack in me alright!" get treated with lush three-part coed harmonies. The spare instrumentation and deliberate arrangements call to mind another Brooklyn songwriter, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, who coproduced and played on the new record; Grizzly Bear drummer Chris Bear also joined in on percussion. The current incarnation of the band, featuring guitarist Amber Coffman, new bassist Angel Deradoorian, and drummer Brian McOmber, has a reputation for a badass live show--though I wouldn't worry about fending off moshers during "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" or anything. Yacht plays second and Nat Baldwin opens. a 9:30 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 773-281-4444 or 866-468-3401, $10, 18+ --Areif Sless-Kitain

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