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The Birthday Massacre

With Encoder and Schoolyard Heroes. 8 p.m. Saturday, September 8 (late show). $12 ADV/$15 DOS (Ticketmaster). Phantasy Nite Club, 11802 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-6300.

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The Birthday Massacre's new "Falling Down" could have been written in 1985 -- but 1985 couldn't have handled it. The keyboard-heavy coed band rocks harder than ever on the new Walking With Strangers LP, an electro-storm of grinding guitars, explosive synths, and whirling pop melodies. And if you prefer your dance music with bigger beats, similar sensuality, and a touch more trance, show up early for a rare live set by Cleveland's Encoder. Whether your electronica ideal is futurepop or retro, it's time to break out the vinyl.

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