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Budos Band: Show Preview 

Wednesday, Jan 14 2015
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Over the past decade, Staten Island-based outfit the Budos Band has been refining its heady style of opiated instrumental funk, interweaving Fela Kuti's propulsive Afrobeat grooves and Mulatu Astatke's atmospheric Ethiopian jazz with strands of Latin, '70s cop show themes, and psychedelia on a string of excellent releases for Daptone Records. The East Coast collective detours into decidedly heavier new territory on its latest effort, Burnt Offering. Jacking the fuzzed-out guitars to 11, the Budos Band bows before the evil tritone altar of Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi with the corrosive menace of "Aphasia" and the album's blistering title track. The haze of smoke will doubtless be thick when the nine-piece crew delivers a collision of Afro-soul and droning, metallic doom at the Fillmore Sunday night. L.A.'s Death Valley Girls open the show with the sneering, biker-punk snarl heard on their cassette-only debut Street Venom, released last year by Burger Records.

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