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Saturday, Nov. 2: Power Skeleton

Bob's Java Jive

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In looking out for bands to cover, what usually draws me in first is not the music. Band names that catch the eye or make me laugh are usually shown preference. Well, Power Skeleton hit the holy trifecta. They have a great name, they have an intriguing way to describe their style ("psychedelic hobo death trance"), and they reference the Marx Brothers for their hometown (Freedonia, WA, they say). So, what does psychedelic hobo death trance sound like? Their song, "Vacuum{2}," is spooky sludge adorned with warbly effects that send the listener spiraling down a K-hole. "Robot Skulls in the Jungle Temple" is a 15-minute primal march into the heart of darkness. "Pwrcrnkn" is glitchy psycho jazz. All of these instrumental excursions of improvisational madness are aimed at melting brains and rendering flesh. If you're looking to stretch out Halloween, you could do worse than Power Skeleton.

POWER SKELETON, w/ Regional Faction, Godzillian and Hand of Doom, 8 p.m., Bob's Java Jive, 2102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, no cover, 253.475.9843

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