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Muchos Backflips!

Curtains I Tell You (Do for It)

Reviewed by Greg Beets, Fri., Nov. 18, 2011

Texas Platters

Muchos Backflips!

Curtains I Tell You (Do for It)

Scan your ticket and climb aboard this wild ride channeling Edgard Varèse by way of Frank Zappa and Mike Patton. Muchos Backflips! specializes in mostly instrumental avant-rock incensed with cinematic jazz-creep horns skittering though Herb Alpert-like bullfights, Ennio Morricone spaghetti Westerns, and Tom Scott cop shows. Lengthwise, the local quintet's songs range from 60-second blips ("Night Blaster") to rollicking, eight-minute epics ("Fortress of the Frogs"). The latter's narrative reaches a high point with a suspenseful trumpet solo from guest Margaret Whitt. Animators and game designers, take note: This piece demands a companion visual. ***

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