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World/Inferno Friendship Society Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. 2008

A ticket to see this Brooklyn soul-punk orchestra has always gotten you quite a bit more than your standard rock show, but lately the World/Inferno Friendship Society has taken its theatrical bent a few steps closer to its logical conclusion, touring last year’s Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s 20th Century (Chunksaah) as a piece of musical theater. The show is a maniacal tragicomic plundering of every classic Hollywood and Weimar-era period piece you can think of, a collision of two circus trains on the set of a romanticized, cast-of-­thousands movie re­enactment of the Siege of Stalingrad, with front man Jack Terricloth in the role of cabaret narrator. In short: you know you want it. Brian Viglione, of kindred spirits the Dresden Dolls, recently came aboard as the band’s drummer. World/Inferno Friendship Society also plays Friday at the Subterranean. —Monica Kendrick

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