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Plus: doom-metal avant-gardists Rabid Rabbit level up on a forthcoming full-length, and the death of postpunk trio Birth

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PUNK | The death of Birth

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Mike Siciliano, bassist and singer for local postpunks Birth, is moving to California to pursue a PhD in sociology at UCLA, and the band will play its final show Fri 8/12. Siciliano's education is also part of the reason Birth was born—he moved here from Pittsburgh in 2008 to get a master's in sociology at the University of Chicago.

He started Birth with guitarist Josh Russell, drawing on a shared love of music like the Jesus Lizard and early White Zombie. (They'd met when Siciliano was in Pittsburgh hardcore band Brain Handle.) They've been through several drummers, but Ian Piirtola has filled that role since winter.

At first Birth was a low-key project; the band had its first show in July 2009, and after that gigged only once every couple months. About a year ago they started playing out more, and since then they've released three cassettes and a self-titled album.

For Birth's swan song, Siciliano jokes, "We're gonna have an epic light show. It'll be like Pink Floyd, but different. We'll have a flying toilet from the roof of the building." What the trio actually will have might be better: they share the bill with NYC hardcore acts Nomos and the Men and locals Raw Nerve. The show's at 8 PM at Water Works; for more info, e-mail fliffcity@gmail.com.—Leor Galil

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