Bruised and ready for Duppies

Pencilgrass, above, will join the Duppies tonight at Common Grounds.

Courtesy of Pencilgrass
Published: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 9:55 p.m.
What is it about the holiday season that just wears a dude out? I feel like an old sock. Too much food, too many drinks, too much family and now a cold spreads me thin like cellophane. Yet, with automaton-like efficiency, I wearily bring you the shows for this week.
I trudge ever onward, battle ax heavy and chipped, warhammer worn to a nub and saber lost and lodged in some long-vanquished foe. Now, where the heck are my zinc lozenges? Did you know that O.J. really brings the phlegm?
First up to bat tonight are Pencilgrass and Duppies at Common Grounds, 210 SW 2nd Ave. Duppies is a relatively new local band specializing in dub, reggae, ska, rocksteady, mento, dancehall, whatever.
Anyhoo, you can skank to it, I think. Pencilgrass is from Miami, and it brings electronically infused soul, R&B and a bit of prog to the mix. What this all boils down to is a show that should involve lots of dancing.
Put on your new shoes and break them in. Bootyshakers unite.
  • Also tonight, the Ark, 22 NE 11th St., will have Mount Gigantic and the Max Levine Ensemble from Bloomington, Ind., Ghostwood from New Orleans and our own Fiya. Expect bands weary from the road and ready to take it out on their instruments.
  • As for Friday, the Atlantic will host quite a night of live electronic music. Performers will include A_Scissors, Mic Mell (of the Future Funk Collective) and Mr. Antonym from Orlando, Koncrete Symphony vs. Shardz of Glass featuring Kano from Tampa and Erste Personen and Signs for the Deaf Are Getting More Obscure from Gainesville. The entire digital shebang will be hosted by Mr. Spagandy, so take that for what you will.
    Be on the lookout for IDM, glitch, electroclash and maybe a kitchen sink, as well.
    The Atlantic is at 15 N. Main St.
  • Elsewhere on Friday, Faces Lounge, 12 SW 2nd St., will satiate your hankering for gloom punk, oi punk, pub punk and other forms of fast music played by drunks with The Suicide Bombs, The Monistats, Libyan Hitsquad and The Obscene.
    Get your sick boy leather jacket and buttflap ready and pump your fists so everyone can see your studded wristband, please.
  • On Saturday, Eddie C's, 1315 N. Main St., will have Impurity, Unholy Ghost, Council of the Fallen and Classic Struggle. You're a smart one, so you should have no problem figuring out what to expect at this show from the band names alone.
    Let the eardrums bleed.
  • Over at the new Purple Porpoise, 919 W. University Ave., they'll be celebrating Saturday with some laid-back acoustic jams from John and Jeremiah of StrokerAce, Cindy (ex-Sugardish), J.R. Deluxe of Big Oil and Mama Trish. Also, there will be some cigarette smoke and spilled beer. It's inevitable.
    Also at the Porpoise, Monday also will be celebrated with some not so laid back rude boys known as One and Done. Knup also will play, and as the band features ex-members of the Spitvalves, you can expect these bands to mesh together in a nice, sticky mess. Also, I like to say "also" a lot.
  • Support local music for more mucous flavor.
    Conor Mitchell can be reached at soundcheckconor@
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