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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

5-23: Asylum Street Spankers

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM

3bf4/1242764408-asylum_street_spankers-767760.jpgThis Austin troupe allegedly came together after way too many drinks in a Texas hotel a decade and a half ago. Asylum Street Spankers’ acoustic, vaudeville-like tunes take swipes at just about everything and everybody in sight — from “The Scrotum Song” to “Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV,” which blames the ongoing war in Iraq on the U.S.’ seemingly insatiable thirst for oil. Over the years, the band’s large lineup has changed considerably — only two members remain from the original incarnation. Their attitude, on the other hand, has pretty much stayed the same. The Spankers’ live show includes a mix of influences, including old country covers and racy tunes you best keep away from the kids. The Spankers haven’t been touring much lately, so don’t miss the opportunity to see them live. Their irreverent stage show might just take your mind off your dwindling 401(k) for a couple hours. Smokin’ Fez Monkeys open at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $14 advance, 16 at the door. — Ernest Barteldes

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