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Immortal Lee County Killers II with Lofreq and the Phonocaptors

Saturday, May 10; Hi-Pointe

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What is "the blues"? Is it sad? Bloody? Evil? Sweet like barbecue sauce? The writhing tail of American music leaves a mottled trail in its wake. Is it black music? The Siamese twin of Southern-roots country? In any event, there's no arguing against the notion that one part blues music and one part country music -- shaken, not stirred -- amounts to what we call rock & roll. The Immortal Lee County Killers II is a goddamn rock & roll band specializing in frenzied slide-guitar attack and a pursuit of ecstatic release: pain, volume, drink and the almighty beat.

A duo of former Quadrajets Chet "the Cheetah" Weise and J.R.R. Tokien, ILCK II claims as influences Hound Dog Taylor, Black Sabbath, John Coltrane and Pussy Galore, among others. And though two-piece rock bands seem to be rather fashionable of late, the Killers mince no words about who is the loudest and meanest. Guitarist Weise makes up for the lack of stringful accompaniment by splitting his signal between two amps -- one for bass and one for treble -- and creates an orgy of squeal and squawk in the process. Tokien's drumming is a slap on the forehead from a burning preacher. As the band puts it, "Now we will become the color of the universe, and we will be powerful trouble."

Rounding out the evening will be the respective ever-lovin' of Lofreq and the Phonocaptors. Break your bonds and rejoice.

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