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Suckers/Shilpa Ray

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Spray the Talking Heads or Tears For Fears with a little bit of laughing gas, dress them up like flower children, tack on about 20 more years of new wave music for inspiration and you’ve got Suckers. Formed all of two years ago in Brooklyn, Suckers have already planted their feet with their debut self-titled EP, which was produced by Anand Wilder of Yeasayer and released last April by Frenchkiss. Glimmering guitar, reverberated piano lines and plenty of vocal layers paint their simple, slow and shimmering songs with all sorts of psychedelic colors. The last song on their EP, titled “It Gets Your Body Moving,” is more likely to melt your mind away than get you dancing with its delicate composition of shoegazing guitar layers and a whistle solo mid song. They will hit the stage of Soundlab on Saturday (March 27), with fellow Brooklynites Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. Its hard to pigeon hole Shilpa. Their sound is part blues and part punk mixed with the violent but beautiful crooning of front-woman Shilpa Ray. Though the band is unsigned they’ve made a big splash with their live show at SXSW. Shilpa frantically belts out her swinging vocals as she plays a harmonium (basically an accordion sitting on a table), while the rest of the band tightly lays down their  brand of fast rock and roll. Both of these bands are riding a SXSW tide right now so catch them while you can still get a spot in the front row.

cory perla