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The Van Allen Belt at Nietzsche’s

The Van Allen Belt

Wednesday, June 5

526939_489328094456451_705702240_nHarkening back to 1960’s era pop and psyche-rock, Pittsburgh-based outfit the Van Allen Belt re-contextualizes those counterculture sounds and makes them infectiously modern.  Having that retro-pop sensibility in today’s music scene has worked out pretty well for TVAB, as they get to employ all sorts of live sampling and mixing techniques that results in some insanely catchy beats and deep grooves over their psychedelic layers. Femme fatale vocalist Tamar Kamin is a modern day Bond girl with some serious pipes, adding a sleak, jazzy soulfulness and mesmerizing stage presence. TVAB hits you with a sensory onslaught of music and images, often using film and other visual effects during their performances. The band’s latest recorded efforts includes 7-inch vinyl self-release titled “Songs,” with a new full-length LP to come in 2013. To witness The Van Allen Belt in the live setting is to simultaneously take a trip back in time and a journey into the future, and if you’re down for the ride, they’ll handle the rest. Tune in, drop out, and make sure you’re at Nietzsche’s on Wednesday (June 5) to hear the Van Allen Belt deliver what is sure to be an otherworldly performance.  Opening the show is Hooked on Casiophonics, which, as the name might suggest, is not a remedial program for the musical inclined. Fronted by local music mainstay Pam Swarts, Hooked on Casiophonics specializes in upbeat analog electronica, with more performances to come in this year’s Buffalo Infringement Festival. –jon wheelock