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September 13, 2004

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THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES

Interviews
Pimp My Rock
French Kicks refashion the sound of Brooklyn on an innovative new album.



A Thin Line ...
Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting).



Prairie Dogg
Gnome on the Range
An expedition to Liberty comes up short.



Critic's Choice
David Byrne
Wednesday, September 15, at the Uptown Theater.



Mason Jennings
Wednesday, September 15, at the Bottleneck.



Monster Magnet
Monday, September 13, at the Bottleneck.



Alvin Youngblood Hart.
Saturday, September 11, at B.B.'s Lawnside Barbecue.



The Slip
Sunday, September 12, at the Bottleneck.



David Grisman Quintet
Wednesday, September 15, at Liberty Hall.



Mark Farina
Friday, September 10, at Kabal.



Hear & Now
R. Kelly
Happy People/U Saved Me (Jive)



Shyne
Godfather Buried Alive (Def Jam)



Orbital
Blue Album (ATO)



The High Water Marks
Songs About the Ocean (Eenie Meenie)



OK Jones
Middletown (Centropolis)



Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez
A Manual Dexterity Soundtrack, Volume One (Gold Standard Labs)




If you're still mourning the demise of the mighty Jesus Lizard (5 years removed, I know I am) or At the Drive-In, then let the frenetic post-punk roar of These Arms Are Snakes salve those wounds. Like the former, these guys enjoy lobbing twang-hardcore guitar grenades over a rhythm section that locks into tight, pummeling grooves while the singer (Steve Snere in this case) howls distorted menace through his microphone. And like the latter, TAAS isn't averse to injecting a little bit of math rock, Dischord-inspired melody and atmosphere to build tension before each explosive release. The Seattle-bred Snakes has one EP (2003's This Is Meant to Hurt You) and will drop a full-length in September. The band also has a cool light show -- strobes galore! Odds are, Snere will spend most of the gig launching himself into the crowd or shimmying up a pole, but a David Yow-style "tight and shiny" testicle trick is highly unlikely.

PUBLICATION
The Pitch

AUTHOR
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

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