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The Bengsons

8 p.m. Monday, January 24. Cranky Yellow, 2847 Cherokee Street.

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Shaun and Abigail Bengson are a husband-and-wife duo from Brooklyn who perform in a variety of different mediums. The latter has penned original off-Broadway musicals, while together the pair has performed as electro-wonders Zombie Nationalists. The project called the Bengsons is a vaudevillian indie-rock show, and its influences are all over the map. At times, the pair sounds like Janis Joplin and David Byrne reinterpreting the Charles Manson catalog; other inspirations range from '70s sunshine pop à la the Poppy Family to a slightly less lyrical Richard Buckner. The Bengsons doesn't stop at pushing the experimental envelope, either; the duo are also teachers and activists who have completed a number of artist residencies across the country and taught in New York City public schools and at an orphanages and missions across South America.

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