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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: Ratskin Records' Noise Blowout

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 8:00 AM

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Ratskin Records' Annual "Fuck The/All Holidays" Noise Blowout @ El Rincon

Attend any improv noise performance and you're bound to see a few dudes poking at buttons, or torquing potentiometers on effects pedals, or weaving a nest of electrical cables atop a folding card table. But that doesn't mean you've seen Xome. The solo persona of Sacramento's Bob Scott, Xome is known for live sets whereat he dramatically attacks his equipment like a bobcat swatting prey: a violent lunge or two, a few taunting pauses, and then a final flurry before killing the power dead. More than one Xome show has ended with bloody knuckles and broken equipment. (Scott also conveniently runs the NoiseFX.com website -- a one-stop shop for pedals, cords, contact microphones, and other tools of the anti-music trade -- so replenishing his supply of stompboxes is a simple matter.)

Should you require something more bizarre, the alienboy known as Rubber O Cement beams in from gaseous neon planet X-Centric 13Q to fight off invisible enemies with his synth-rigged quarterstaff, all while costumed in the hippest moon-boot couture to be found in thrift stores outside the Solar System (or at least the Mission District). As the Xome website phrases it, "this is gonna be a good noisy holiday" -- something to celebrate even if you don't celebrate the holidays themselves. (El Rincon, 9 p.m., $3-$5)

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