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Left Spine Down, Fun Club, Widdle Monsters, Otto's Daughter Soundboard

When: Mon., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. 2008

Add to the list of ugly bands from pretty places: Left Spine Down, a quintet from Vancouver (remember, the hometown of Skinny Puppy) with roots in the Black Halos (bassist Denyss McKnight was a member) and Front Line Assembly (Jeremy Inkel, on keys, does double duty there). Their debut album, Fighting for Voltage (Synthetic Sounds), re­invents 80s and 90s industrial punk, adding a touch of levity to the crushing blasts with self-directed snark reminiscent of KMFDM at their funniest. Making up for some real groaners (e.g., “Ignorance Is Piss”) is the 23-minute “Outro,” a sinister and kitschy barrage of synth that’s like the musical equivalent of a heavily Austrian-accented “I’ll be back.” —Monica Kendrick

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