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The Blood Brothers

With Against Me! and True North. Thursday, October 21, at the Agora Theatre.


Yes, Blood Brothers singers Jordan Blilie and Johnny Whitney are capable of screams and screeches more grating than Godzilla's nails on a giant chalkboard, but it would be wrong to dismiss the group as a run-of-the-mill screamo or punk band. The Brothers cleverly appropriate various rock styles that aren't usually considered common in the hardcore realm. By the time Crimes, the band's latest, grinds to a halt, the fuzz-riffing of Black Sabbath, the throaty yelps and boogie-woogie of GNR, and the strangecore indie shuffling of Modest Mouse have all been mined and combined with the occasional soul jam or melodic vamp. Much like the Blood Brothers' previous release, Burn Piano Island, Burn, Crimes forcefully prepares listeners for a live show that is equal parts sweat, screams, joy, and anger.

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