Talbot Tagora

The problem with covering someone else's song – in this case, Tabot Tagora's superbly murky, sexed-up cover of Elastica's '90s staple "Connection" – is that its familiarity will either inspire a wave of sticky warm nostalgia in your audiences or a wave of irrational ire that has the potential to overshadow your own songs, no matter how killer they are. Talbot Tagora, whose members call the band a "three-person project from Seattle who create and produce art and non-fiction" combat this problem on their latest release, Lessons in the Woods or a City, by creating complex and unpredictable art rock full of growling sludge that makes like a hybrid of Sonic Youth, Yo La Tango, and some of K Records' weirder artists. With Cold Lake, Naomi Punk, Eel Easter. All ages. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Wed., Dec. 23, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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