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8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 9. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.



When Cleveland's HotChaCha plays Cicero's, there will be blood, sweat and tears. The all-woman quartet's fuzzed-out guitars, can't-sit-still beats and Teutonic-angel vocals are accurately classifiable as ethereal indie-garage pop, melodic punk or raw-nerve alternative. Singer Jovana Batkovic says you check them out if you want to "cry, laugh or masturbate — but mainly to actually see a live show and be entertained." The group's set is always a hot-and-bothered experience, and they throw in covers such as the Cure's "Boys Don't Cry." (Although, they note, they prefer boys who do cry.) HotChaCha's full-length debut, The World's Hardest Working Telescope & the Violent Birth of Stars, won't be out until October. Until then, you can catch unpolished-but-mesmerizing tracks (including that Cure cover) at And the blood? See the picture.

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