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Local Motion: The Transmitters

Friday, April 21, at 9 p.m. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).

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Jon Parsons' Hammond organ is practically the sixth member of the Transmitters on the band's full-length debut — a burbling, rollicking presence on the bar-band dust-kicker "Supersonic Loveman" but a subtle background mood-setter on the Graham Parker-esque "You're Killing Me." The rest of the quintet's self-titled album, whose songs were penned by vocalist-guitarist Kip Loui, upholds the band's commitment to diversity. Expected bits of sturm-und-twang are joined by torchy ballads, Rolling Stones-swampy blues, merry jangle, riot-punk and Loui's always-expressive voice, vulnerable enough to ably croon but tough enough to conjure Joe Jackson at his youthful best.

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