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Tin Huey, with the Bizarros and the Kristoffer Carter Show 

Friday, April 11, at the Beachland Ballroom.

The art freaks should be out in force when Tin Huey "reforms" for shows in Akron and Cleveland. God knows what stuff sax squawkmeister Ralph Carney, guitarist Chris Butler, and keyboardist Harvey Gold will play. It could include the Monkees, Tommy James & the Shondells, material from Butler's Waitresses period, tastes of Carney's solo eccentricity, and Gold tracks from the Huey's two albums. These Dada popsters were the core of an Akron septet that worked tiny clubs in Akron, Kent, and Cleveland in the late '70s, spreading deranged, daffy words over unpredictable, provocative, and uncommercial music.

Huey recorded a single Warner Bros. album in 1979: Contents Dislodged During Shipment, which, predictably, never got off the shelf. Twenty years later, they resurfaced with Disinformation, a rollicking, surrealistic 15-tracker spanning Gold's paranoid, punchy "Missing Persons," Robert Wyatt's "Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road," and "Otis Says No," a funk workout by Gold and guitarist-vocalist Michael Aylward. Don't expect anything other than singular, idiosyncratic expertise from this band, a contemporary of the Pretenders, the Bizarros, Pere Ubu, the Rubber City Rebels, and Devo. Expect to be entertained, too, and enlightened in a most peculiar way.

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