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Friday To-Do: Anavan / Dazzler

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ANAVAN/DAZZLER
Vino's, 9 p.m., $5.

Imagine if Trent Reznor had recorded “Pretty Hate Machine” and subsequent albums fueled not on Colombian Marching Powder and booze, but Pixie Stix, Twizzlers and Kool-Aid instead. According to Anavan's MySpace page, the L.A. trio's sound is “experimental/ electro/hardcore,” but the experimental and hardcore elements are hard to find on the track “The Perfect Sound,” which resembles something more akin to a mid-1980s MTV dance anthem. Robotically inspired, it seems much more apt to be played behind a Mitsubishi commercial instead of onstage at Vino's. But pressing on into “Traumatology” we see some promise in the likely mix of rock, dance, new wave and pop, but a bit more edgy. “Timekiller” bears some resemblance to Devo, and most of the band's self-titled 2006 debut is as fueled by prog-noir as it is by no-wave clatter, meaning it churns out spastic numbers that rock strangely enough, while blasting out bleeps and bloops. Dazzler, also from L.A., brings its new-wave, alt-indie sound to the bill as well, with emphasis on live instrumentation and groove-oriented songs, completing what should be a unique evening at Vino's.

Paul Peterson


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