This brother-sister blues-punk combo might be the most exciting band currently connected to New York's new rock scene: On Gallowsbird's Bark, their debut, Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger rough up quick-and-dirty garagisms with brainy science-kid banter, inappropriate sexual tension and the kind of left-field musical accents Jack White probably views as lacking a soul. Onstage Eleanor leads the band with a post-Chrissie Hynde authority, spewing lyrics at a speed never fast enough for her, while Matthew furrows his brow and tries to keep up. The Furnaces have already completed Bark's follow-up, this summer's Blueberry Boat; remarkably, it revives Frank Zappa for kids with ironic mustaches. The Pretty Please opens.
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