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Surplus 1980 

When: Sat., June 13, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $8-$12
Moe! Staiano insists on that exclamation point. Drummers are expected to mind the beat and all, but Staiano — a collaboratively promiscuous avant-garde percussionist — took it a bit further and dictated emphasis in his own name as if it were a score in progress. That eccentric and punctilious bent colors his music, whether in improvisatory jazz ensembles, as a member of the mighty Mute Socialite, or as bandleader of Surplus 1980, a post-punk outfit for the music conservatory set. Arterial Ends Here, the group’s 2013 full-length, sets dissonant melodic phrases to frantic, technical grooves and oblique lyrical sentiments. It’s a jarring and disjointed listen, united mostly by its reluctance to respect the usual edicts of rock ’n’ roll. In that vein, Surplus 1980 is scheduled to appear not at a rock club per se, but at longstanding Irish pub the Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). Someone tell Staiano about Celtic accent marks.
— Sam Lefebvre


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