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Preview: Japanther with Rusty Lazer

Noah Bonaparte Pais on the show coming to the Hi-Ho Lounge



Regular Sunday programming at the Hi-Ho Lounge includes a True Blood viewing party and a comedy hour presented by the New Movement. Vampire open-mic night? It won't take a buttered shoehorn to make Japanther fit. Pratt Institute's most-likely-to-exceed alums have staged their elaborate punk rock installations/performance art bastardizations on the bed of a moving pickup truck in Soho and in the bike path of the Williamsburg Bridge. Bushwickers Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly have been called up to the Whitney Biennial and thrown out of Lincoln Center. They have played encircled by BMX bikers (before Arcade Fire's Grammys stunt) and endured 84 hours straight (14 times longer than The National at MoMA). In September 2005, the duo was among the first touring acts to perform in darkened New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, amid "cars planted in the dirt like they were f—king flowers." Almost an afterthought are the band's busted-up recordings, striking irregularly yet consistently like rusted-over, double-time clockwork: Dump the Body in Rikki Lake (2003), Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty (2006), Skuffed Up My Huffy (2007), Tut Tut, Now Shake Ya Butt (2008). Like 2011's Beets, Limes and Rice, the recent Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart (Recess) comprises a slew of tracks (13) packed into a paucity of minutes (30), overfed with candy-shelled melodies, corroded by acid-reflux distortion and serious as a fart attack. Rusty Lazer opens. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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