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Mi Ami, Running, DJ Forest Juziuk 

When: Fri., April 9, 10 p.m. 2010
Price: $8
The abrasive, rhythmic throb of this peculiar San Francisco trio reminds me of the abstract funk of English postpunks like 23 Skidoo and A Certain Ratio, but in Mi Ami's hands that sound gets a lot hairier, spiked with wild, barely controlled noise. Their impressive second album, Steal Your Face (Thrill Jockey), is even rougher than the first. Daniel Martin-McCormick commands center stage with his strident yelps, screams, and cries—he sounds so much like a teenage girl that at first I thought I was looking at the wrong band's photo. His guitar careens, swoops, and grinds with economy and precision, veering from dubby coloration to pure amp abuse over the fat, driving grooves of bassist Jacob Long and the quasi-tribal, tom-heavy drumming of Damon Palermo. Most of the songs are fiercely urgent, but the band is occasionally almost meditative ("Dreamers"), trading hopped-up clatter for narcotized drift. —Peter Margasak

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