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Jamaican Queens. If you think this band photo is weird, wait until you hear the music they make.

Photo by Andy Miller

Jamaican Queens. If you think this band photo is weird, wait until you hear the music they make.

Javelin, Raleigh Moncrief, Jamaican Queens 

When: Wed., March 27, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $10

Don't be alarmed if you initially abhor Jamaican Queens. The Detroit trio's collages of Southern hip-hop, blog-band indie pop and art-rock noise are unlikely enough to be discomfiting. But stick with these songs and hear them as the output of one new band and not the input of a dozen different strains, and the grandeur of these tunes should become apparent. In recent weeks, Wormfood, their self-released debut of "trap pop," has gone from something I readily dismissed to one of my favorite records of the year. The same can't be said for Hi Beams, the new effort from former party starters Javelin. Cousins Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford largely trade in their hyperactive stream of samples for stilted pop songs, ostensibly aiming for airplay but arriving flatly at awkward. Bubbly, bass-loving producer Raleigh Moncrief, from Sacramento, opens.—Grayson Currin

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