They Live!

Rowdy rap meets rock cacophony at this show, which is They Live!'s very last before changing their moniker to Mash Hall (a Midwestern punk group of the same name threatened to sue). Champagne Champagne and They Live!, who often perform together, are complimentary party bands. With frenetic sampling, pop-lock steeze and head-knocking hooks, They Live! belongs in the front row. In comparison, Champagne Champagne is almost slothful, meditative, wistful: slurred, half-lucid stream of consciousness from the bar at the back of the house. The very wild card in this line-up is Wild Orchid Children, whose sheer noise is unparalleled, as evidenced by their excellent set at last year's Capitol Hill Block Party. Expect hyper-enthusiastic percussion, guitar riffs designed to melt faces, bizarro harmonies, and fantastically indecipherable vocals. It's like the acid trip you never knew you had. Photo courtesy Ellie Lonardo. HOLLIS WONG-WEAR

Fri., Jan. 29, 9:30 p.m., 2010

 
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