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The Independent

628 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA 94117

Category: Music Venues

Region: Haight/ Fillmore

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Ume with Toadies and Helmet. 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Independent. $25.

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Thus far, eating grilled chicken testicles on television hasn't signified the arrival of a viable new band, but hey, Ume could change all that. The Austin outfit (whose name is pronounced "ooh-may") hung out with professional foodie Anthony Bourdain during a recent No Reservations episode and sampled the aforementioned dish. Based on the trio's sound alone, you wouldn't guess that its members would associate themselves with such a potentially ridiculous activity. Ume makes alt-rock/post-punk that's intent on coming across as poised and stylish — songs are varnished with fuzz and gloom without ever getting truly damaged — and frontwoman Lauren Larson's measured coo makes her a dead ringer for Metric's Emily Haines, a perpetual keeper of the cool. For ideal listening, bust out 2011's Phantoms for a night drive through a sleek, neon downtown.

 
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