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Glitter Express, Jizz Wisard, Nasalrod, A Gentleman's Picnic

When: Sat., Jan. 21, 9 p.m. 2012

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Trapped between that fightin' urge to get out some pent-up aggression and that ever-lovin' need to just hump the universe and dance, dance, dance? With Glitter Express, you don't have to choose. The Portland party band has found a stimulating blend of disco and punk, and it sounds a hell of a lot better than whatever all that electroclash business was about a few years ago. Glitter Express' debut EP Casual Encounters has all the danger and excitement of a hookup with a stranger—right down to the possibility of ripped clothing, bite marks, and a wicked hangover—as it rides a wave of swishy hi-hat and fuzzy guitar groan over the course of songs with marvelous titles like "Gay Car Wash" and "Je M'en Bats les Steaks." Singer Noelle Magia's punk wail doesn't have a hint of diva preciousness, but what Glitter Express lacks in R&B smoove, they make up for in raw power. NED LANNAMANN

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