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Electric Six/Little Hurricane/Phantasmagoria 

When: Fri., Oct. 19, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $12 ADV, $14 DOS
The Detroit rock outfit Electric Six is tough to categorize. Sometimes they sound like punk, sometimes they sound alternative, and sometimes they sound like a Bloodhound Gang rip-off. “Danger! High Voltage” is their signature tune, a novelty number that includes a lyric about a fire in a Taco Bell. And then there’s “Gay Bar,” which is about, well, you can figure it out. The guys in Electric Six have stated that 90 percent of their songs — funny though they might be — are about nothing. But they maintain that’s changed with their new album, Heartbeats and Brainwaves, which they say is about “something or someone.” Is it a ruse? Maybe. You’d think the disco-sounding “It Gets Hot” explores their serious side when you hear the lyric “And your big, big, baby Jesus he gonna die for all your sins,” but it’s got a disco beat that undercuts its sentiment. And with the more overtly-goofy lines like “I ain’t playing no joker poker” in “Gridlock,” Electric Six is still — and may forever be — a band that’s all about being goofy and just having a good time. (Sam Mendez)


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