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Dallas benefits annually from a surfeit of bands hitting town before or after their appearances at Austin's South by Southwest music-biz bacchanal. On Saturday night, unfortunately, you'll have to choose between two busy bills happening simultaneously. Head to Gypsy Tea Room if you're partial to down-and-dirty neo-garage noise: New Zealand's the Datsuns, delivered to us Americans via Jack White's pull at V2, headline, and if their self-titled debut doesn't reinvent, um, anything, it doesn't want for sassy vocals from a lead singer named Dolf, either. ("It's not my thing, making records," Dolf admitted a couple of months ago; he prefers whipping his jet-black tresses around onstage.) Fellow Kiwis the D4 will also appear; if you've heard The Datsuns, you don't necessarily need to hear 6Twenty, the band's sweaty U.S. bow. On the other hand, you simply must hear "Danger! High Voltage," the sensational single from Detroit's Electric Six that marries neo-garage to electroclash--grimy guitars, sax skronk, Velveeta synths and a singer with a wack English accent; the band's upcoming Fire, out on May 20, should promise lots of sleazy thrills. Openers the Sights hail from Motor City, too; their pleasant Got What We Want offers a Matthew Sweeter take on all this scruffy attitude.
Meanwhile, at Trees, Swedish Jennie bombs Sahara Hotnights prove that long-haired girls can play run-of-the-mill garage-rock as well as long-haired boys, only with a better sense of humor (if that helps), and Tampa-based Lookout! rockers the Washdown demonstrate that you can share a state with Lynyrd Skynyrd without sounding much like them at all. And if you absolutely insist on trying to make both shows, make sure not to miss London's Ikara Colt: The trebly, bratty art-punk tantrums on the band's frenetic debut, Chat and Business, are what U.K. riot grrrl sympathizers Huggy Bear would be playing if they were around today. Beware the high voltage.
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