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A Happy Death, Mister Tang, Cambrian Explosion 

When: Fri., April 4, 9 p.m. 2014
The new cassette Introducing: A Happy Death isn't my first introduction to the group; I first heard the Portland band on its debut 7-inch, which contained some fine psychedelic rock tunes—"Nazi Zombies," "Ghost House"—within its grooves. But if this is your first tango with A Happy Death, Introducing should work nicely. Apart from frontman Ryan Lella, the band's lineup has turned over completely since that earlier effort, but Introducing still contains plenty of spiky, lysergic rock suited for all shades of paranoia. "Wet Dreams" might be the highlight here, a deliberately paced, glam-tinged scorcher with a mumbled, comedown chorus of "I think I'll go back to sleep." Elsewhere, the band stretches things to freakout lengths, as if the UFO Club never shut its doors. While the brand of punk-flavored psychedelia that A Happy Death deals in isn't exactly uncommon these days, it's not often you hear a band do it this well. NED LANNAMANN

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