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BROTHER JT & VIBROLUX

Sometimes the straight road just won't take you where you want to go. The Original Sins, the long-lived garage band fronted by John Terlesky, affords the singer-guitarist plenty of opportunities to rock out, but the quartet apparently isn't suited to realizing Terlesky's more eccentric notions. "Brother JT" is an alias that gives Terlesky license to travel the unmapped back routes of his twisted psyche as an author and solo recording artist. JT's self-published pamphlets are satirical meditations on his childhood, golf, and the link between the rise of Coca-Cola and the decline of the American empire. His solo records are similarly scattered, ranging from withering guitar-feedback excursions (Descent) to druggy, carnal pop (Rainy Day Fun). The lyrics on JT's latest album, Doomsday Rock (his second collaboration with the band Vibrolux), include lurid conspiracy theorizing ("Helicopters" and "The President's Brain Is Missing") and a blaxploitation parody ("Stack-O-Buck"). The accompanying psychedelic sprawl brings to mind a convergence of the 13th Floor Elevators and Funkadelic. In concert Brother JT is an engaging, if befuddling, performer who thrives on unpredictability--it's anyone's guess what he and Vibrolux will play, but you can be sure it'll be good strange fun. Wednesday, 9 PM, Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln; 773-525-6620. BILL MEYER

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Jennifer Rauch.

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