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When: Thu., Sept. 24, 9 p.m. 2015

Not only do downstate trash-poppers Jessee Rose Crane and Philip Jerome Lesicko split vocal duties and trade off on guitar and drums in the Funs, they both understand the value of a good shimmy and shake. “Shimmy” and “shake” might seem incongruous applied to the Funs mass of fuzz, but the duo’s intense and intensely gratifying songs pack a wallop because the pair know how to channel the emotion of their material through movement. On their brand-new double LP My Survival (Manic Static) the guitars yawn and screech, the drums skip and pummel, and Crane and Lesicko emit pensive moans and honeyed howls, and though some parts feel minimally sketched, like there should be more dead air cracking through, the album pushes forward with massive force. On the chorus of “Don’t Let Go” the Funs wind up the tension as they dial down the volume; it’s an eerie, irresistible moment as forceful as the track’s loudest distorted riffing, and when Crane sweetly sings the tune’s title it’s hard to deny her request.

Leor Galil

Price: $7

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