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Whoever broke into Murder by Death's van on October 25--a week after they released their second album, Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them? (Eyeball)--and stole all their gear, including Sarah Balliet's cello, had best watch their ass. It'd be a shame to spoil the plot of Who Will Survive, but suffice it to say the authors of this country-goth rock opera are very interested in revenge. And Satan. And in what Satan might do to your hometown if you shoot him in the back. God bless these overambitious Hoosiers: though the libretto could probably support the metaphors here on its own, add it to their big, dramatic sound--singer-guitarist Adam Turla summons up a whole cast of character voices while Balliet's cello clings to Vincent Edwards's piano lines in tornadolike duet passages, all over a rhythm section Nick Cave or the Faint would die for--and the story soars. Thanks mostly to a credit-card loan from Eyeball owner Alex Saavedra, the tour has gone on. This show is all-ages; Troubled Hubble, Like Young, and The Show Is the Rainbow open. Sunday, December 21, 6 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 773-549-0203.

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