Volcano!, Maurice, Mung Soundboard

When: Thu., Aug. 28, 9 p.m. 2008

For better or worse, local trio Volcano! doesn’t sound like anyone else. The vocal style of front man Aaron With is a real love-it-or-hate-it proposition: he declaims with as much density as Mark E. Smith but employs in the process a fake-soul croon-and-squeal combo. Meanwhile the accompanying jumble of post-rock noises is so insistently burbly yet disjointed that it sounds like the band is making fun of him behind his back; on the forthcoming Paperwork (Leaf) Volcano! seem to be fighting their way toward us through a thick wall of cough-syrupy incomprehension—theirs, not ours. But the single “Africa Just Wants to Have Fun,” a piss-take on earnest pop-charity whoring, shows a bit of a mean streak, and a damn funny one too. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $8

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