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« on: October 27, 2010, 11:25:02 PM »

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You still don't find many virtuoso female guitarists playing progressive rock on the road these days, which makes the music of Marnie Stern all the more exciting. Touring to promote her remarkable third album, titled simply Marnie Stern, she and her band are headed to Tucson to perform on Election Night at Club Congress.

From New York City, Stern employs, among other styles, a finger-tapping method of guitar-playing, building avant-rock compositions as dense with guitar-shredding as with pop hooks.

In 2007, The New York Times called Stern's debut album, In Advance of the Broken Arm, one of the year's most exciting rock records. A year later, she released the equally well-regarded This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That.

Two years of woodshedding have given us Marnie Stern—which, like her first two releases, is on the uncompromising Kill Rock Stars label—and the results are awesome. It's like a chorus of enervated angels shaking hands with an Eddie Van Halen solo in a bubblegum punk setting; that's an amazingly insufficient way to describe Stern's style, but it's a hint in the right direction.

Stern also handles the vocals, by the way. She has long collaborated with Zach Hill, from the band Hella, but her backing group on this tour will include drummer Vincent Rogers, guitarist Joseph Tirabassi and bassist Nithin Kalvakota.

You can celebrate your candidates' wins and/or bemoan their losses when Marnie Stern and company play starting at 10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is free. Call 622-8848 for more information."

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