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Skinny Puppy - Marquee Theatre - Monday, January 27

On an already long list of distinctions, Skinny Puppy recently added a new one, and not one that makes the pioneering industrial band very proud: The U.S. government has used the band's music as a torture device.

"We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people," founder cEvin Key says by phone from his Los Angeles home. "We heard that our music was used on at least four occasions. So we thought it would be a good idea to make an invoice to the U.S. government for musical services, thus the concept of the record title, Weapons."

So how did he feel learning his music was being used in such a manner?

"Not too good," Key says. "We never supported those types of scenarios . . . Because we make unsettling music, we can see it being used in a weird way. But it doesn't sit right with us."

Released in the first quarter of 2103, Weapon is a return to the early days of Skinny Puppy, when songs were frequently conceived, recorded, and mastered in a single night, an approach that Key calls "more on the spot." -- Glenn BurnSilver

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.