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Tiger Bones, Village Free Soundboard

When: Thu., March 3, 10 p.m. 2011

Local four-piece Tiger Bones (formerly Gay Baby) formed around the core of drummer Michael Renaud and guitarist Jay Ranz, both veterans of Violins (formerly Clyde Federal). This is a release party for their debut EP, Go Over Here (Dedd Foxx), and it's a very auspicious introduction. Though to my knowledge no one has ever called the postpunk sound delimited by the Wire and the Cure "sunny," Tiger Bones manage to bring a garagey surf vibe to that cold, brooding atmosphere—it's enough to make you picture pale goths with black parasols on the beach, getting high enough to like it without giving up their passion for the sinister undertone. And they underline the point with the EP's last song, "Transmission (Nilsson Edit)," a fairly brilliant mashup of Joy Division and Harry Nilsson that transcends its jokiness with unsettling perfection. —Monica Kendrick

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