Bristol's sun-dappled Zun Zun Egui proves that Brooklyn doesn't have a patent on filtering African music through weirdo strains of indie rock—and that, when they do, it doesn't have to always be NPR-friendly, either. Zun Zun frontman Kusal Gaya grew up off the coast of Madagascar, absorbing the Creole ceremonies on Réunion Island, but when he migrated to England for college, he absorbed Touch & Go's seminal noise-rock just as voraciously. Naturally, Zun Zun Egui's 20-minute debut EP Bal La Poussiere makes the Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend look like sadsacks and slack motherfuckers; it's a volatile blend of African polyrhythms, tropical blues, Mars Volta energy, bowel-busting Boris riffs, and swirls of AmRep noise—think Konono N˚1 covered by Jesus Lizard, and you're getting close.
Mon., March 15, 8 p.m., 2010

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