210 and a Moustache

CD Review: Presque Vu 

210 and a Moustache

(presquevumusic.com)

This hip-hop group describes itself as the "Backstreet Boys performing Pretty Hate Machine, remixed by DJ Shadow, Phantogram, and Dr. Dre." That's not too far off the mark. 210 and a Moustache certainly pulls some sounds from Nine Inch Nails, and it is deeply influenced by hip-hop. But the gruff-voiced rapping on "Transference" and "Missing Balfour" isn't very good. Still, the music has a raucous energy — especially on the breakup ballads, which are Presque Vu's strong suit. Despite some vocal shortcomings, the album's 16 tracks reveal an ambitious group. — Jeff Niesel

Presque Vu, with the Wheel, the Royaltons, and Winters Warm. 9 p.m. Thursday, February 10. Grog Shop. Tickets: $6; call 216-321-5588 or go to grogshop.gs.

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