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The Bad Off

Searing rock quartet the Bad Off is back and in the process of finishing its first record since its 2005 debut Twilite in Eclipse. (This gig had been advertised prematurely as a CD-release party; it's not.) Changes after two years in the woodshed include a new drummer, Rock City Morgue's Keith Hajjar. The band's garagey, glam-rock sound, though, is as raw, rough and sparkly as ever, like a rough-cut block of mica. Equal parts Richard Hell, Axl Rose and Iggy Pop cut with just a taste of Patti Smith, vocalist Erik Corveaux wraps his voice around lyrics that range from Stooges grime to Smith's ethereal, poetic weirdness, as tight as a tourniquet made from a spangly scarf. The power he puts behind high-register wailing could edge them into the Sunset Boulevard hairspray rock category if it weren't for the raw grind and thud of the band. Watch for tracks from the upcoming album, which sees the Bad Off carving out a personality above and beyond the vintage hard-rock antics -- it's a curiously compelling art-punk balladeering sound, full of slow meeting fast and sweet colliding with dirty. Experimental, poppy prog-rockers, who confound as much as they entertain, the Bally Who open. Tickets $7. -- Alison Fensterstock

10 p.m. Fri., July 20

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;


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