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The Robocop Kraus 

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After a couple years as the group American postpunk bands came back from European tours talking about, German quintet the Robocop Kraus are putting the moves on the States. Their fourth album and first U.S. release, They Think They Are the Robocop Kraus, has just been released through punk megalith Epitaph, and they've made their way across the pond to convert the kids with a proven formula of disco hi-hats, synth, and ennui. But unlike many of their American contemporaries, the Robocop Kraus don't let the panic-on-the-dance-floor shtick get out of hand. One minute they're playing simple guitar lines and understated keyboard textures with exemplary German precision, the next they're flipping out with fantastic pop exuberance--think Franz Ferdinand cross-pollinated with Joe Jackson. They also spare us the usual genre trappings: the beats aren't revoltingly familiar, and they don't wear matching suits and ties. Even their English is better than ours. The Dirty Things headline, the Robocop Kraus plays second, and Question Mark Zero opens. Mon 4/3, 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401. Free.

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