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Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle

Music marketed to jam fans can seem interchangeable, but a wider variety of acts fit under the genre's umbrella than most outsiders realize. Take Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle, a band that touches upon a lot more than the two club styles referenced in its name. As implied by Dillon's eclectic list of credits (over the years, he's played with the likes of Ani DiFranco, Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Critters Buggin, Sex Mob and the Polyphonic Spree), this vibraphonist and percussionist is creatively restless -- and Battery Milk, the group's latest CD (just released on the Hyena Records imprint) follows his lead. Over the course of the disc, Dillon and company touch on instrumental funk ("GoGo's Theme," the opening track), crime jazz ("Robbing the Bank"), groove-oriented art rock ("Your Mother Was My Teacher") and even twisted lounge music ("Lopsided Mellon Ball") without succumbing to stereotypes. So prepare yourselves, jammers -- because a journey to the Go-Go Jungle is a real adventure.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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