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Friday, June 18, 2010

Saturday To-Do: MewithoutYou/David Bazan

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MEWITHOUTYOU/ DAVID BAZAN
9 p.m., Juanita's. $13 adv., $15 d.o.s.

"Can't you see you're not making Christianity any better? You're just making rock music worse." That's one of the greatest lines ever spoken by wise old Hank Hill, the ever-frustrated protagonist of "King of the Hill," the greatest and most sublime primetime cartoon ever. The bulk of Christian rock since the advent of the distortion pedal has been bloated with indistinguishable takes on easily digestible theology and triumphant but corny praise tracks: garish punk interpretations of Psalms and, as a minister friend calls them, "Jesus is my girlfriend" songs. Then you have mewithoutYou: two sons of a Jewish father and Episcopal mother who converted and raised their family in a Sufi Muslim household. They grew up to be freegans (dumpster divers) and post-punk experimental musicians who juggle references to Song of Songs, John Donne and Kurt Vonnegut behind a twitchy, driving assault of guitar and drums that transcends any religious label. Sonically and thematically, they're miles more dangerous than the bulk of their ready-made ilk both at Christian rock festivals and on MTV. Rubik, a synth-pop act from Helsinki that dominates Finnish charts, opens. David Bazan, the controversial singer who used to be the de facto head of faith-based indie-rock until his recent turn to agnosticism, co-headlines. (See our profile on Bazan here.)

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