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Saturday, December 10; Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue)


It's not every day that 99 cents on iTunes nets you a 47-minute song. But download "this is the new american national anthem" by the band ROCK — featuring keyboardist-vocalist Dave Unger (of '90s noiseniks Love666) and guitarist-vocalist Troy Fuller — and you'll feel like you've just scored a real bargain if you're a fan of noise-rock. Snarling feedback (i.e., Sonic Youth's earliest abstract noodling) and teeth-scraping fret-acrobatics undulate and flow like a calming lullaby, a terrifying horror flick and a metal-riffage how-to clinic — sometimes all at once.

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