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Japanther, French Horn Rebellion, The Cry, , Destroy Nate Allen, , Brakemouth, Dumpster Burger

When: Wed., March 20, 7:30 p.m. 2013

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Japanther—not to be confused with the also-terrific-but-not-nearly-as-prolific Japandroids, or British post-punk harbingers Japan—have been completely underground and lovin' it since their inception over 10 years ago, despite a few notable brushes with mainstream popularity (their song "Radical Businessman," which sort of sounds like MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" played in reverse and features the indisputably anthemic chorus "1,2,3,4/Fuck the cops," was featured prominently in Grand Theft Auto IV, so that's something). Their insistent self-definition as an "art project" as opposed to something more descriptive is probably part NYC-art-school pretension, but generally the band's too all over the place to fit in a specific category. For every questionable noise jam, there's an effortless twee-pop vignette like "She's the One." Japanther are proof that a complete lack of ambition is occasionally the most creatively liberating thing there is for a band. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $8

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