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Recent music from Rock Run Retreat, Son of Bitch, and Tastes Like Chicken


The Rock-Run Retreat
The Rock-Run Retreat

For a local band to release a vinyl album is generally a pretty big deal. For a local band to release a gatefold double-LP is a drop-the-mic-and-walk-away moment. The Rock-Run Retreat presents 18 tracks of Americana country-rock here, often recalling The Band: steel guitars, high-and-low vocal harmonies, catchy tunes. Worth a listen.

THE ROCK-RUN RETREAT LP RELEASE with MISS TESS. 9 p.m. Sat., Feb. 15. Howlers Coyote Café, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $10. 412-682-0320


Son of Bitch
Venus and the Cat

A bit of bluegrass, a bit of goth-country, a bit of psychobilly, wrapped up in a 14-track album from this local five-piece. Some of these tunes at times sound like they're straight out of the Alan Lomax archives, which I suspect is the goal. Group vocals and accordions and the like make this one simultaneously fun and creepy — nice work.

SON OF BITCH. Part of LODOSIS BEHAVIOR: REFLECTIONS ON LOVE, SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS. 9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 14. Hambone's, 4207 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $5. 412-681-4318


Tastes Like Chicken
Stroke the Cock

A bunch of well-produced, nearly universally dirty jokes set to music in this Freudian mess. Does the world need another joke band? Should you ever put two tracks that start with toilet-flush samples in direct succession on an album? How many dick-related double-entendres can one man come up with, and is he obligated to share them with the world once he has? There's no accounting for taste.



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