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Blood on the Wall

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“Mary Susan” by Blood on the Wall

On the Pixies' best days, it seemed as though Black Francis and Kim Deal were joined at the hip (a painful idea, given the former's heft). That same chemistry enlivens Blood on the Wall, a Brooklyn outfit fronted by the sibling duo of Courtney and Brad Shanks. Channeling choice bits of sonic detritus from the Pixies and Sonic Youth, the trio (rounded out by ex-Ida drummer Miggy Littleton) plays hot-blooded garage rock of a joyful, gangly variety. This weekend, the band kicks off a monthlong tour to support Liferz, the group's third LP for the Social Registry label.

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