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Pinback, Ratatat, and Blue Monday at GSC

by Heather MacIntyre

Who remembers San Diego’s Touch and-Go recording artist Pinback (www. myspace.com/pinback)? If you never made it on that train, it’s time (even slightly after their time). I’m a fan of the indie music with light whine-pop vocals, and their last release, Autumn of the Seraphs, was a lot better than most of us thought it’d turn out. Let’s knock on wood, and go see them play Thursday night. Charlotte (511 E. 36th St.) will be presenting these guys for you through the Neighborhood Theatre venue (www. neighborhoodtheatre.com).

There will be actual seats from which to experience this duo and their backing band (something you don’t normally see these days), which is nice, but it’s first come, first serve. If you miss out, no worries, the dance floor will be open to everyone with plenty of room to groove. Don’t miss Pinback’s set of killer hooks and tracks that can’t help but stay in your head for days following. The show starts at 8 p.m. Get your tickets for a couple dollars cheaper in advance by calling 704.358.9298.

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The weekend brings us to the Triangle for Brooklyn’s rock/electronica funky group Ratatat (www.ratatatmusic.com) at the Cat’s Cradle. This show is going to be one of the biggest shows of the fall, and by the time you read this, it might be sold out, as most of their tour is already — no worries though. Write in to me and you might win a pair of tickets (heather@yesweekly.com). Ratatat is on XL Recordings and is most recently recognized for their last music video for “Cherry” that you can find on Fuse and online through Vimeo. So what’s the fuss about? What isn’t there to like? Crazy beats and speeding percussion keep your pulse raving throughout their whole set. On tour with these guys for the autumn dates is Panther (www. myspace.com/ panthertouch), an equally ridiculous band signed to Killrockstars who have had a session with Daytrotter recently. The opening act is visual/electro rising artists E*Rock (www.myspace.com/erocktouch). Tickets are available at www.etix.com, and the show starts at 9:15 p.m.

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Lastly, and certainly not least, the Triad hits the climax of shows this weekend at Greene Street (www. greenestreetclub.com, www.myspace.com/greenestreetclub). Saturday night. This clubbin’/concert evening is a 21 event that ends up on the roof with DJ Dominic taking over the system. So how’s it all start? Blue Monday (www.myspace.com/bluemondaynet), an ’80s resurrected group of retroactive dance rock! What more could you ask for? They are known for one simple fact: If it’s from the ’80s, or it sounds like the ’80s, they will play it for you — just ask! My personal favorite of their live cover tunes is the one they do for “99 Red Balloons.” Don’t worry, it’s the English version (but if they spoke German, I’m sure they’d do it!). The show is only $10, and who knows when it will end. It’s a perfect night to enjoy the outside. When it comes to the rooftop patio at Greene Street, they know how to throw down.

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