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When: Wed., March 24, 9:30 p.m. 2010

You could call Golden Triangle a garage band, but garage connotes a certain boozy slackness, and this New York City sextet is taut and tense and relentless. On their debut, Double Jointer (Hardly Art), it feels like they're bearing down, careering forward, and playing as fast as they can to keep it all hinged together. Front women Vashti Windish and Carly Rabalais pair their unfancy voices in aggressively ghostly unison, their singing floating above the manic chime und drang. They sound a bit like twee postpunk bands of cassette-core yore—the Shop Assistants, the Au Pairs—filtered through other bands known for their drugged guitar blitz, like Pussy Galore and the Jesus and Mary Chain. Double Jointer sounds hungover and paranoid, ready to fight, not at all sentimental—a welcome amalgamation. —Jessica Hopper

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