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Six Finger Satellite, Chinese Stars, Sensitive Hearts 

When: Sun., Oct. 25, 9:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $10, limited $5 tickets
When Sub Pop was trying to define their postgrunge identity by pushing a seemingly endless supply of Canadian fuzz-pop bands, the label's token weirdos were Six Finger Satellite—on their first few albums they came on like a savage, coke-crazed Bizarro-world Devo. Unfortunately they didn't just sound like they were heavily into controlled substances: bassist Kurt Niemand died of an overdose in 1995, and drugs played a big role in the dissolution of the band's best-known lineup soon after the release of their willfully obscure, intermittently vicious, and entirely fascinating neo-Krautrock masterpiece, 1998's Law of Ruins. Founding members Jeremiah Ryan and Rick Pelletier assembled another version of the group with some guys from Landed—it split up in 2001—and former guitarist John MacLean (better known as the Juan MacLean) and former sound guy James Murphy (who named his PA system Death From Above, or DFA for short) went on to do big things in dance music. Ryan and Pelletier resuscitated the band with new members last year, and they're touring behind a so-so new release, A Good Year for Hardness (Anchor Brain). —Miles Raymer

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