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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday's Pick: Shannon & the Clams, White Mystery, Glitter Wizard

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 7:00 AM

PHOTO BY ROB KARLIC
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White Mystery
9 p.m., $7

The White Stripes may be famed for playing up their artificial binary gimmick (e.g., red/white, brother/sister, etc.), but White Mystery don't need any invented trickery: the Chicago duo are indeed siblings, their last name is actually White, and their fiery red hair is as natural as a Hawaiian sunrise. White Mystery were born when Alex White dissolved her acclaimed former group -- Miss Alex White & the Red Orchestra, who dropped two fine, fuzzy garage-rock LPs for In the Red Records -- and recruited her brother Francis to play drums. By necessity, the duo's music works a stripped down -- but not toned down -- variation of her previous band's approach: Miss Alex strokes buzzing barre chords and lets rip with a throaty Motown holler while Francis bashes out a trashcan bomp on the kit. It's unpretentious, reductionist rock 'n' roll, as basic and functional as a bowline knot, able to grab you with even its simplest moves and make you submit. And who needs fake gimmicks when you've got fun, anyway?

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