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Every Time I Die

Wednesday, October 19; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)

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Every Time I Die is ostensibly a hardcore band: Witness its mortality-referencing moniker and the slow-down segments it serves, in strict compliance with the two-breakdown minimum of modern hardcore tunes. But the group also incorporates southern metal's rhythmic grooves and garage rock's cocky swagger -- and its breakdowns are so glacial, the songs surrounding them so manic (all instruments race, not just the drums) that the contrast toys with time. The results resemble a playful Pantera, or Refused -- if clever wordplay ("We've applied mascara to the radio/But that's just a quick fix") replaced revolutionary rhetoric. Still, in a genre stocked with calculated crossover acts, Every Time I Die seems like an organic amalgam of incendiary influences.

Show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12; call 618-274-6720 for more information.

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