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Liquor Store, Shockwave Riderz, Energy Gown Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Tue., June 18, 9 p.m. 2013

Though they’ve put out only a one-sided, three-song EP thus far, Pittsburgh’s Shockwave Riderz warrant your attention. This new trio from Sara McElhaney and Modey Lemon members Phil Boyd and Paul Quattrone takes its name—which sounds better suited to an out-there late-90s hip-hop collective—from the title of the 1975 John Brunner sci-fi book. Their thick-sounding, reverb-shrouded music features elements of upbeat Krautrock and skronky garage punk, but it’s played on two samplers—which often provide beats to accompany Boyd on acoustic drums. The hypnotic slow groove of the EP’s opening track, “Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway,” swells and contracts at Quattrone’s direction as McElhaney delicately harmonizes with Boyd; “Cruisin’ the Night” is bouncy, tambourine-happy garage rock, though of course the band is twisting knobs instead of bashing on guitars. As different as they are, though, they both have the same ominous vibe. The debut vinyl is limited to 300 copies, so let’s hope there’s something coming next. —Kevin Warwick Liquor Store headlines; Shockwave Riderz and Energy Gown open.

Price: $7

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