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Friday, April 18, 2014

Brian Wiegert's Rulers to Release Double LP This Saturday at Plush

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What makes these Rulers LPs different from his past catalogue is Wiegert's willingness to branch out into realms where he is at times less sure-footed. "Live at the Paradise Club 1954" is a slice of lounge-Tropicalia that would make Beck proud with its chunky electric piano riffs and rimshot-heavy percussion. On Blood's latter half, Wiegert gets darker and more industrial: The synth sequence on "Freedom of '96" plays like a warehouse rave pastiche, but the chorus' guitar slashes introduce harsher tones.

That pneumatic thud is carried through to the album's last track, the Ministry-inspired "The Underdome." Few can begrudge Wiegert these discursions -- more musicians would do well to break out of their shells -- but these curveballs ultimately serve as a mirror for his talents as a popsmith.

Rulers Double LP Release 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Plush, 3224 Locust Street. $7. 314-535-2686.

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