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The Inactivists

Beloved Denver art-rockers the Inactivists have always seemed to stray a bit off the conventional path, but that's one of the things that makes the band bizarrely endearing. On their fifth release and first double album (the second disc can be downloaded from the band's website), the Inactivists declare war on jazz hands by delving into a bunch of other genres, from the opening seafaring cut, "Rum, Sodomy & the Lash," to the angular, twisted tango of "Vegan Zombies" (a rap version of which appears on the second disc) to the slinky take on Little Fyodor's "You Give Me Hard-On," which could easily be slipped into a '70s porn flick. There's enough nerdy and comical art rock here to appease hardcore fans, and it's also quite obvious that if anyone's going to win the war on jazz hands, it'll be the Inactivists.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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