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Rasputina

Rasputina's Melora Creager doesn't refer to her band's live performances as concerts; she calls them recitals. Which is apt, considering the setup: two cellos, vocals and drums. Resembling some eldritch chamber ensemble, Creager, fellow cellist Zoe Keating and timekeeper Jonathan TeBeest gussy themselves up like Victorian libertines and ply a quirky, gothic take on neo-classical string-sawing. Not that Creager is a stranger to rock: Besides counting Marilyn Manson as a patron and remixer, she wielded her bow for Nirvana on the ill-fated group's final tour. Rasputina's last studio full-length, Frustration Plantation, came out in 2004, and this year saw the self-release of A Radical Recital, a rousing live disc documenting the visceral heaviness and surreal between-song banter the act infuses its shows with. As Creager herself announces so sweetly while introducing the first song on Recital, "We have come here expressly to scare the bejeezus out of you."
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Jason Heller
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