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Jimmy Whispers

Jimmy Whispers

Todd Diederich

Oozing Wound, Magic Milk, Jimmy Whispers, DJ Mike Lust 

When: Tue., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $20, $10 in advance
Local one-man band Jimmy Whispers has the sentimental heart of a Brill Building composer and the confrontational philosophy of G.G. Allin, albeit (thankfully) sans the fixation on bodily fluids. During a typical show Whispers stage dives, pours cans of beer over himself, wraps his body in the American flag, and pushes together couples (frequently strangers) to slow dance to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” In the process, he spends more time in the crowd than onstage. Singing along to an instrumental backing track consisting of vintage organ recorded on an iPhone, he plunges headfirst into postwar American pop and grabs on to the era’s almost tragically naive notions of romantic love, holding them up as some kind of shield against the encroaching darkness that surrounds us all. And the funny thing is, it works—at least for the duration of his shows, which tend to leave the crowd smiling, palpably more connected to one another than when they walked in, and possibly thinking that if this guy ever starts a cult there would be worse things you could join. —Miles Raymer Oozing Wound headlines; Magic Milk and Jimmy Whispers open; DJ Mike Lust spins.

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