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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

January 23, 2007
A pretty high energy evening at the Bottom of the Hill last month started off with Ni Hao! proving that pretty much any music is entertaining when played by cute, excitable Japanese girls in matching outfits. You know that one relentlessly perky song by the group of adorable pre-teens that all the kids dig in the movie Suicide Club? The one that contains secret messages that lead underage listeners to be inducted into a flesh-shearing psychotic kiddie death cult? Ni Hao! reminded me of that, only it was, you know, more punk.

Numbers totally impressed me with their extended, hypnotic jams. It's been a little while since they shifted away from the spazzy disco-beat marked punk that characterized their Tigerbeat 6 releases (and inspired many a sweaty dance party in normally difficult to excite Bay Area audiences) and toward a more krautrock inflected sound. They've obviously allowed themselves tons of freedom to expand their palette in super exciting directions, tight Neu-ish beats providing a platform for minimalist explorations and the pushing of psychedelic boundaries.

It's funny to think that XBXRX are old stalwarts of the San Francisco live scene at this point- the brothers at the heart of the band are, like, what? 22 now? They delivered the dance-floor goods of the evening, getting the kids all worked up in a sweaty, moshy mess and making a very good argument for the vital energy of all-ages shows. Good times and high energy all around.

SEE ALSO: www.xbxrx.com
SEE ALSO: www.numbersmusic.com
SEE ALSO: www.eonet.ne.jp/~280/

Marcy Saude
When she isn't writing post-Marxist critiques of video art or psychoanalytical interpretations of femininity in horror films, Marcy Saude finds spare moments for rock criticism.

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