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Skeletons & the Girl-Faced Boys

Monday, March 20. Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue)

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Skeletons & the Girl-Faced Boys' Git is the future of pop music; unfortunately, that future is years away. Nevertheless, this is genuine pop — albeit pop suspended in a netherworld where Arthur Russell, the Associates, Philip Glass and Tonto's Expanding Head Band set the stylistic parameters. Led by honey-voiced Matt Mehlan (who recorded three solo albums solo before assembling a group for this one), Skeletons capture a new form of sonic beauty that is vaguely familiar, but mostly beguilingly bizarre. Still, once you acclimate yourself, their prog-gamelan-soul-funk and vocal acrobatics begin to make sense, like David Lynch's Mulholland Drive after a third viewing.

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