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Shaved Women

9 p.m. Friday, December 28. Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee Street.

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Shaved Women uses repetition like a head slamming into a wall. This persistence comes from hardcore and metal, but genres do little to describe Shaved Women. The group paints nihilistic music, providing fresh songs with focused brevity. Chris Eck and John Birkner somehow make their guitars sound like an organic, guttural noise with metallic sheen. Vocalist Ben Salyers provides deep growls while Tom Valli takes to the skins like a metronome on steroids. The lyrics dig in with long nails as they rhyme with simple, memorable prose. Shaved Women's sets feel claustrophobic and rip with a sound that defines the landlocked, trapped Midwest. On this night, Shaved Women will celebrate the release of a new seven-inch, produced by Apop Records, and share the stage with Washington D.C.'s Disciples of Christ.

The More You Know: Arrive early to see Salyers of Shaved Women provide vicious percussion for NRML PPL, a returning group led by hardcore stalwart Luc Michalski (Black Panties, Violations, God Fodder).

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