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Nuvola, Thursday, March 17

Gonna take a pretty educated guess here and say that Capsula frontman Martin Guevara wore out the grooves in at least two Stooges records. And somewhere during that time, he decided that if he couldn't underweigh Iggy Pop (and he's clearly trying) then he could out rock him (also trying ... and coming close). The Basque trio was nothing short of incendiary for its 30-minute Thursday showcase set at Nuvola. Putting the Iberian Kim Gordon – Capsula bassist Coni Duchess – in an LBD with leopard print tights doesn't hurt a bit. It was impressive for a couple of reasons. First, they were fighting technical issues; they lost sound twice and even had to take a couple minutes' break to rectify things. Second, Guevara came close to Tufnel-ian cliches more than once. But seeing as the nuances of English still escape the frontman – he said "Goodnight, Austin" after the opening song – maybe cliches are still cool when translated into Spanish. To wit: playing guitar with your teeth is kinda played. But using the marble corner of the bar to play slide with, that's capital-A Awesome. Even without the theatrics, on sheer raw power alone, Capsula had sold themselves to all in attendance.

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