Forget about the White Stripes, because the punk underground is currently teeming with instrumental two-pieces such as Lightning Bolt, Big Business and Hella, all of which possess more technical ability and inventiveness than bands twice their size. The latest addition to this group of noisemakers is Cleveland's Clan of the Cave Bear, whose latest album, Big Treble in Little China,incorporates elements of metal, jazz and math rock into a unique (and satisfyingly schizophrenic) amalgam of music that's impossible to categorize. But what separates the duo from its peers is an ability to incorporate guitars that sound like lasers, and drumming that evokes detonating grenades. In other words: If you come out of the show with a few battle scars, don't say we didn't warn you.
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