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Wizzard Sleeve Recommended Free All Ages Soundboard

When: Thu., April 30, 6 p.m. 2009

I doubt iTunes recognizes “confederate glue goth tard-wave” as a genre, but that’s the name Alabama’s WIZZARD SLEEVE have given their music, and I’m hard-pressed to improve on it. Robo-trippy and plodding, grindingly repetitive but oddly triumphal, the songs mix and match Tubeway Army-era Gary Numan (if you replace the Asperger’s syndrome with a case of Sparks Plus), effects-pedal ennui a la Bauhaus, and greasy gray noise worthy of mid-80s Butthole Surfers, then filter everything through the warped lens of a deep southern post-everything aesthetic. They’ll play a free in-store at 6 PM at Permanent Records, then head to the Bottle to open for modern psych legend in the making Greg Ashley, who’s playing a “best of” set with material from his various bands, including the Mirrors and Gris Gris. —Brian Costello

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