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When: Mon., Oct. 7, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $25, $22 in advance
Blitzen Trapper leader Eric Earley wrote the songs for the band’s new album, VII (Vagrant), using a sampler, and though his bandmates created their own parts when he took the tunes into the studio, an awful lot of his RZA fantasizing made it onto the record. Mostly that means mediocre programmed beats—a first for the band, which has always relied on live drumming—but he also approximates the whiny synth lines that distinguished Dr. Dre’s early gangsta-rap productions. Earley has often appropriated the talk-singing style of Bob Dylan, but as it turns out, he’s a terrible rapper—and he proves it on several songs on VII, including the painful single “Shine On,” which adds insult to injury with generic female guest vocals in faux gospel mode. Blitzen Trapper deserve a pat on the back for trying something different, but I won’t be offering them anything more till those experiments stop producing such crap. —Peter Margasak PHOX opens.

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