Tonight: Balkan Beat Box at Showbox at the Market

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Balkan Beat Box, with The Bad Things. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $20. Balkan Beat Box often sounds like a cross between Matisyahu and a whacked-out DJ vibing in a black site somewhere in the Middle East. This is a good thing. The two New York-by-way-of-Israel musicians, Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat, live on the border between a hectic array of Mediterranean-influenced arrangements and a spiritualized mélange of more or less standard electronic music formulations. Their third album, last year's Nu-Made Remixes--a re-tread of songs from their first two proper discs, which a Pop Matters critic memorably labeled a "salmagundi of different cultures being tossed from one upbeat remixer to another"-- felt a little slapdash. Here's hoping their new album, Blue Eyed Black Boy, slated for release this spring, shows them putting in a little more effort. KEVIN CAPP

 
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