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Greg Ashley, Wizzard Sleeve, Box Elders, Radar Eyes Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., April 30, 9 p.m. 2009

I doubt iTunes recognizes “confederate glue goth tard-wave” as a genre, but that’s the name Alabama’s WIZZARD SLEEVE have given their music, and I’m hard-pressed to improve on it. Robo-trippy and plodding, grindingly repetitive but oddly triumphal, the songs mix and match Tubeway Army-era Gary Numan (if you replace the Asperger’s syndrome with a case of Sparks Plus), effects-pedal ennui a la Bauhaus, and greasy gray noise worthy of mid-80s Butthole Surfers, then filter everything through the warped lens of a deep southern post-everything aesthetic. They’ll play a free in-store at 6 PM at Permanent Records, then head to the Bottle to open for modern psych legend in the making Greg Ashley, who’s playing a “best of” set with material from his various bands, including the Mirrors and Gris Gris. —Brian Costello Following the breakup of local garage band the Afflictions in 2004, front man Jeremiah McIntyre decamped to his old hometown of Omaha and started BOX ELDERS with his younger brother, Clayton, on bass and Terminals organist Dave Goldberg on drums (and often keys too—he makes the most of the whole having-two-arms thing). It’s taken them a while to get up to speed, but lately it’s looking like this self-described “cave pop” outfit might earn an audience that’s more than just Nebraskans and garage-rock obsessives. They’ve been touring hard, they’ve caught the ears of indie-leaning blogs like Brooklyn Vegan, and they’ve got releases in the works for several tastemaking labels: Jay Reatard’s Shattered Records, now a Matador imprint, is putting out a seven-inch in June, Goner will release the band’s first LP in August, and the local vinyl freaks at HoZac have an already-sold-out subscription-only single due before the end of the year. The instantly addictive “Hole in My Head,” from Box Elders’ 2008 debut seven-inch on Grotto Records, is all you need to hear to understand why they’re getting so much attention—underneath their scruffy exterior is a bubblegum band on par with the Banana Splits. —Miles Raymer Greg Ashley headlines; Wizzard Sleeve, Box Elders, and Radar Eyes open.

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