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The Gore Gore Girls' lineup has changed three times since they started out in 1996, but the Detroit band's commitment to trashy garage rock has remained constant. Named for B-movie king Herschell Gordon Lewis's 1972 bloodfest (reportedly the admiration is mutual), the Girls were formed by guitarist-songwriter Amy Surdu and now-departed bassist Paula Regalado; their two short albums--2000's Strange Girls and the recently released Up All Night (both on Get Hip)--are sharp amalgams of 60s R & B and Stooges-style protopunk. Despite its poor sound quality, Strange Girls (recorded when Surdu was backed by bassist Deanne Iovan and drummer Deb Agolli) captures the group's ferocious energy. On tuff, gnarled cuts like "Hunt You Down" and "Star Struck" Surdu comes on like vintage Joan Jett; "I'm Gonna Get You Yet" is an irresistible sing-along, complete with hand claps. Up All Night, which features bassist Melody Licious and drummer Cathy Carrell, makes Surdu's girl-group fascination even more explicit with a cover of Little Eva's "Keep Your Hands off My Baby" and Surdu's own "Tell Me (I'm Your True Love)." The Paybacks (see Spot Check) headline. Saturday, January 11, 9 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee; 773-489-3160.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Angie Baan.

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