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quaff, Von Army, Killer Dismount 

Release Date: 2010-05-05

Japanese rock band quaff find inspiration in the beauty of their native tongue as well as guitar heroes like Slash, Flea, Axl Rose, and Nikki Sixx. Their music has been describes as “samurai rock” and employs the “twin-vocal style of ‘uta’ (melody) and ‘tuzuri’ (rap).” A favorite of Japan’s cosplay scene, quaff has made a handful of appearances at stateside anime conventions and provided one of the highlights of SXSW’s Japan Nite in ’09. Although one wouldn’t expect love songs from a slightly menacing-looking group of theatrical misfits, love is at the root of their highly energetic music; and bassist sng (pronounced “shingo”) even plays the flute. On Friday, quaff will take SA on a little trip to ‘Tenjoukai,’ a celestial place where (according to purple-masked emcee Ukisemi) you can still shop at Wal-Mart. And if you’re lucky, you might even hear an unforgettable cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” $7 for adults, $10 for minors, 9pm, Clicks Billiards, 5545 NW Loop 410, cherryblossomsa.com.

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