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Get Down! To Brass Tacks

Total chaos. Upon initial inspection, that's what the songs of local duo Get Down! To Brass Tacks are built upon — synthesizers careen through the compositions like a blind man driving a Mack truck through a carnival of cowbells and fatass basslines, while singer/bassist Aarik Miller shrieks and wails through the upper registers like somebody's squeezing his ballsack to the beat. But, alas, it is the beat that glues these songs together and keeps them from sounding like the abstract audio ravings of a tone-deaf asylum escapee. While the duo's anarchistic anthems jive perfectly with bands like ambient U.K. artist Antelope, you can also dance to every single one of Brass Tacks' tunes, which is why they've shared stages with the likes of Portland psych-pop band Minmae and San Francisco indie pop upstarts Scissors for Lefty. This week, GDTBT opens for gayer-than-hell Hollywood electro-pop artist Jeffree Star, proving again that although the pair's music is unclassifiable, they can make it jive with anything.
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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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