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Suzuki Junzo, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Pandava, Frank Rosaly & Steve Hess 

When: Sun., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $3
Guitarist Suzuki Junzo, a member of Tokyo psych-garage trio Miminokoto since 2008, has been putting a lot of energy into his solo career lately: Eight-Sided Infinity (Plunk's Plan) is his third release this year, counting a live record, Awake in the Wuthering Heights, and a Utech reissue of 2009's Ode to a Blue Ghost. The latter album appears to be the star of this solo tour, which shares its name, and it deserves all the play it can get. The 20-plus-minute title track is an eerie, windswept fantasia on the theme of Lonnie Johnson's "Blue Ghost Blues" (first recorded in 1927), and it's completely mesmerizing. Junzo can swerve all over the map, from heavy riffing to chilling acid-folk to piercing feedback sculpture; at times he could almost pass for Keiji Haino, if Haino were more grounded and less otherworldly, and sometimes he sounds like he's built a souped-up off-road vehicle from spare parts that High Rise or Mainliner left lying around. —Monica Kendrick Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Pandava, and Frank Rosaly & Steven Hess open.



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