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Skinny Puppy

Skinny Puppy

When: Fri., Feb. 21, 8 p.m. 2014
Out of all the acts associated with the industrial-music revolution of the Reagan-Bush era, Skinny Puppy was the most theatrical, the most politically outspoken, and generally just the most-est. Taken as a whole, the string of albums the band released at the height of its powers—approximately one per year from 1985’s Bites through 1992’s Last Rights—represents a head-on collision of ideas that borrow from a disparate array of sources (electronic dance music, punk, heavy metal, noise, glam), roughly welded together into an aesthetic that’s noisy and chaotic but also remarkably focused and coherent. Primary members Cevin Key and Nivek Ogre are masters at inventing abrasive sounds and imagery, and they have a sneaky knack for incorporating them into accessible settings. The result has been a surprisingly high-profile positions in the pop world, from which they’ve launched a number of activist actions—including a pointed campaign against institutionalized animal cruelty. Recently they discovered that the U.S. military has used Skinny Puppy recordings to torture Guantanamo Bay inmates, to which they responded by billing the Pentagon for $666,000. —Miles Raymer

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