Phoenix may not be known for a huge Eurobeat scene, but that hasn't stopped the cool kiddies of The Kohl Heart from blazing a snotty trail of New Wavery through the cookie-cutter communities of the Valley of the Sun. Formerly known as XOXOXO, the band singer Rachel Taylor, bass and synth monger Ben Funke, guitarist Zach Funke, and drummer Randy Leasure plays debaucherous, sexed-up dance-pop that's a lip-curling mix between Berlin and XrayOk. Songs like "Easier Said Than Done" and "Kiss of Death" roil with ecstatic nü-ro sensibility that will have you flipping up the collar on your Izod shirt fer sure; that is, if anyone out there still wears one. Now that The Kohl Heart has roots in both P-town and the Bay Area, a local show doesn't happen but once every blue moon, but this Halloween weekend the stars have aligned. And as if swaying to Taylor's pouting-chic attitude wasn't enough, the festivities will include soft-core horror fun from The Vault of Spooky, a blitzkrieg of avant-tarde theater that will feature live performances of "Dial 'D' for the Dead People Calling You on the Telephone," "Blind Date . . . With a Werewolf" and "Who's the Zombie?!" If you're lucky, there might even be cupcakes.
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The Kohl Heart
October 26, 2006 | 4:00am|