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Though the plunder of old indie subgenres continues apace, the rise of powerful home recording software (and the scarcity of the cheap analog gear ubiquitous in the 80s and 90s) has stalled the revival of one major aesthetic: lo-fi. But Times New Viking, from Columbus, Ohio, embrace the romanticized entropy of tape distortion, and its advocates have embraced them. Tom Lax resurrected Siltbreeze Records--onetime home to Guided by Voices and Sebadoh--just so he could release their 2005 debut, Dig Yourself. He claims he pieced it together from cassettes he found in homemade street shrines dedicated to the band, and that's easy to believe once you get an earload of the shrill, blown-out "production." This year's follow-up, Present the Paisley Reich, is on Siltbreeze too, but the next Times New Viking album will be on Matador, which is equally appropriate: their joyful, nihilistic racket, made with just guitar, keyboards, and drums, recalls the destroyed pop of early Pavement, and the vocal hooks could give you tetanus. The Mannequin Men, Javelins, Andrew Dost, and Dear Dead City open. a 8 PM, Ronny's, 2101 N. California, 773-235-6591, $7. --J. Niimi

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