Freelance Whales

9 p.m. Tuesday, June 8. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

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Freelance Whales

All ages. 21-plus: $10. Under 21: $13. 314-773-3363.

While "the kitchen sink" has become a metaphor for excessive instrumentation, Freelance Whales is one of the few bands capable of successfully (and literally) using a wash basin as a kick drum or reverb tank. The quintet's unorthodox, diverse instrumentation — which also includes mandolin, acoustic guitar, bass, glockenspiel and trash percussion — is not the result of intentional weirdness but rather an enthusiastic exercise in repurposing and recycling. This green-movement-approved quirk provides just enough ornamentation to its celebratory folk rock without devolving into novelty. Better yet, its off-the-grid independence from electricity prepares the band for the inevitable nuclear holocaust. When cities become wastelands, Freelance Whales will be digging through the rubble to see what sounds cool when hit with a drumstick.

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