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Le Butcherettes

Le Butcherettes

Antemasque, Le Butcherettes 

When: Sun., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $20
One of the best things about Le Butcherettes’ 2011 debut, Sin, Sin, Sin, was the fearlessness of front woman Teri Gender Bender (aka Teresa Suarez). Her frenzied stage presence—she often wore a bloody-apron getup as a comment on violence against women and usually heaved herself into the crowd at least once—made a good match for the band’s unhinged garage punk, which was infused with a Karen O-like strength and spirit. On Le Butcherettes’ new second album, Cry Is for the Flies (Ipecac), recorded like the first by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (of the Mars Volta and tonight’s headliners, Antemasque), Gender Bender doesn’t abandon that recklessness, but she does tidy up. The trio has become a two-piece with new drummer Lia Braswell (Gender Bender is the last remaining founding member), and the sound is more brooding, with dark, jagged synth lines and a lot less noise—plus an interminable angsty soliloquy from Henry Rollins on “Moment of Guilt.” But on quick hitters such as “Demon Stuck in Your Eye,” which is dominated by a simple crunchy guitar riff and energetic vocals, Le Butcherettes can still summon the potent energy of their early days—they’re the best songs on the new album for giving Gender Bender a reason to get riled up onstage. —Kevin Warwick
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