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Parts and Labor

8 p.m. Friday, July 6. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.

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Brooklyn's Parts & Labor takes the atonal screeches and errant atmospherics of experimental music and corrals them into a big, buzzy, open-sky version of glitch-rock. The trio augments its guitar-bass-drums set-up with circuit-bent keyboards and a constant undercurrent of controlled static — and thankfully the knob-twiddling never devolves into unfocused wankery. Dan Friel and BJ Warshaw share vocal duties; both men sing with the full-throated conviction of freedom fighters or union-rally singers. The real secret to Parts & Labor is its unrelenting rhythms, though — Christopher Weingarten's drums sound almost unnaturally fast, like they've been ProTooled to double their speed. The band's latest, Mapmaker, finds it juggling the terse rhythms of math-rock with fleet-fingered riffage (most notably on "New Crimes") and injecting a brass band in "Fractured Skies" to add a touch of the majesty to the bombast.

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