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Why the Shondes played

above: Ian Brannigan

Last Friday’s Shondes (pronounced Shonduhz because it comes from the Yiddish for shame, disgrace, outrage) show met and exceeded expectations. Which I expected. What I hadn’t realized (shamefully, or disgracefully, perhaps) was their high level of musicianship as they rendered their newer material live. Louisa Solomon, an activist with the International Solidarity Movement and Jews Against the Occupation, delivers vocals with an astonishingly resolute quality, clearly well-studied in the likes of God is my Co-Pilot, Team Dresch, et al. Temim Fruchter’s drumming was superb; I also really liked the songs on which Temim sang lead vocals. And Elijah Oberman has that rare mastery of post-punk violin playing that only seems to come along once in a generation, reminiscent of early Raincoats.

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The Shondes were followed by perennial favorites the Hungry March Band, who similarly rocked, except with tubas, trombones, bass drums, saxophones and euphonia.

There were about 20 Hungry March Band folks on stage Friday.

Village Voice article on the Shondes


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