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Demolition Doll Rods

With Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival and Fast Mattress. Friday, March 14, at the Beachland Ballroom.

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Detroit's Demolition Doll Rods, a bare-bones trio featuring sisters Margaret Doll Rod on ramblin' guitar and Christina Doll Rod on a skeletal upright drum kit, jettisoned the idea of an all-girl attack in favor of a secret cross-dressing weapon: singer-guitarist Danny Doll Rod. A former member of the infamous Detroit mayhem-makers the Gories, Danny has raised eyebrows since the Dolls hit the road 10 years ago. His thin face spattered with Maybelline, Danny and the sisters storm stages wearing nothing but sweaty thongs and pasties made from dog biscuits, cat food lids, hubcaps, plungers, taillights, plastic dog poop, rubber eyeballs, eight-track tapes, and little fluffy cars. Now that's entertainment.

The Doll Rods' young homies the White Stripes now soak up MTV crowds, but Margaret Doll Rod remembers them when they were kiddies: "They studied us like most kids are supposed to study in school," she says. "I remember looking at them and having them watch our every single breath." So never mind the other Detroit bands: The Demolition Doll Rods make Jack White look like a kindergartner.

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