The Blind Shake
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Minneapolis’ The Blind Shake first discovered its compact, nasty power as a noisy post-punk band, but got pulled in another direction when it began collaborating with obscure psychedelic-rock experimenter Michael Yonkers. The trio made one album as Yonkers’ backing band (Carbohydrates Hydrocarbons), then went on to record the second proper Blind Shake record, 2007’s Carmel. Noise-rock and trippy garage-blues find a lot of common ground in the band’s squealing, droning cheap guitars and viciously good live sets. Yonkers re-teamed with the band on 2009’s Cold Town, Soft Zodiac, on which its creative affinity blazes undimmed. The band’s latest, Seriousness, contains a surf-rock influence that feels like a natural evolution, since it’s one of only musical genres outside of speed metal that can satisfy the band’s craving for constant, rapid forward motion. The record only lasts for about 30 minutes, but the bruises it leaves take days to heal.