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Able Baker Fox, Rare Animals, Still Machine, Quiet Car 

When: Fri., Sept. 5, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $6
In the late 90s and early aughts, aggressive math-rock dominated the midwestern underground circuit, and two of the acts doing it best were Casket Lottery from Kansas City and Small Brown Bike from Marshall, Michigan. In 2002, at the height of their popularity, the two bands collaborated on an EP that merged them into a single postpunk powerhouse (which, among other things, whipped up a pretty killer cover of “Under Pressure”). In 2006, after Casket Lottery and Small Brown Bike had broken up but before they got back together, members of both bands teamed up again, forming the long-distance project Able Baker Fox. In 2008 they released their only record to date, Voices (Second Nature), which picks up where that 2002 EP left off: angular guitars crisscross over heavy, fractured rhythms while gruff singers trade emotive hollers. It’s a dramatic, high-energy sound, deeply rooted in the past but also timeless. Because Able Baker Fox’s members currently live in Kansas City, Lansing, Brooklyn, and Chicago, live shows are extremely rare—this one is part of a very short tour whose only other stops are in Lansing and Gainesville, Florida. —Luca Cimarusti
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