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Japandroids, Coathangers Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Fri., Oct. 9, 10:30 p.m. 2009

The Coathangers have built a reputation on their live shows: the all-female Atlanta quartet throws down rabid, sugar-high garage punk so furious and frenetic that even the staunchest rock chauvinist will admit they’re “pretty good” without adding “for a bunch of girls.” Their recent full-length, Scramble (Suicide Squeeze), preserves a fair amount of that onstage crackle in its fun and funny buzz-saw pop—most clearly in “Stop Stomp Stompin’,” a rant at a lead-footed upstairs neighbor, and “Getting’ Mad and Pumpin’ Iron,” a revenge fantasy that sounds like both sides of the Bikini Kill/Huggy Bear split playing at the same time. But for the majority of the album the Coathangers work skeletal, almost experimental junk-shop arrangements that remind me of the Raincoats without actually sounding much like them. Japandroids headline. —Miles Raymer

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