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Guerilla Toss

Eraser Stargazer (DFA)

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Mind bombs never aim for the middle. Accordingly, this mutant party noisescape for the maladroit demands submission or retreat. Guerilla Toss summons skull-rattling intrigue by crossing maker lab art-punk with distressed basslines and salvage-yard funk percussion. The latter elements distinguish this NYC-by-way-of-Boston crew from workaday cacophony merchants. Poetic vocalist Kassie Carlson articulates the thesis with a fevered anti-commercialism sermon on opener "Multibeast TV." Centerpiece "Grass Shack" festoons its strutting bottom end with institutional-strength digital burble and squeak. In resetting the groove amid tornadic aural chaos, they back-channel an unlikely link to the flesh-and-blood realm. (Fri., 10pm, Barracuda)

***.5

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