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3Nov/11

DEX ROMWEBER DUO

The Dex Romweber Duo will be at (le) poisson rouge on November 4 with the Meat Puppets (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St.
Friday, November 4, $15, 7:30
www.myspace.com/dexterromweberduo
www.lepoissonrouge.com

The Dex Romweber Duo open their latest album, Is That You in the Blue? (Bloodshot, July 2011), with the wild, furious “Jungle Drums,” Sara Romweber pounding away on her skins, guitarist Dex Romweber belting out, “Jungle drums are beating / right outside my door / rocking to the rhythm / one two three four!,” a wailing saxophone upping the ante. The brother-sister act keeps the spirit of Elvis, Roy, Johnny, and other late-1950s, early 1960s rockabilly heroes alive on the new album, fourteen killer tracks that range from the spy-noir surf punk instrumental “Gurdjieff Girl” to Django Haskins’s mystery ballad “The Death of Me,” from the bluesy howl of “Homicide” to the screaming vocals of Billy Boy Arnold’s “Wish You Would” (twice!). Dex and Sara visit “The House of the Rising Sun” territory on “Nowhere,” channel Orbison on the title track (“I hope you find loneliness with him / whatever dark night you’re in”) and Cash on the Man in Black’s “Redemption” (“My old friend Lucifer came / fought to keep me in chains / But I saw through the tricks / of six-sixty-six”) before concluding with the thrillingly sweet ballad “Think of Me,” in which Dex sings, “Dream of me / and talk to me / though we’re far apart / I will hear you, dear / hear you in my heart.” Is That You in the Blue? is a nonstop joyride that has Sara and Dex pulling into (le) poisson rouge on November 4, opening for the Meat Puppets, who are on tour with their latest, Lollipop (Megaforce, April 2011), but have their work cut out for them following this smoking hot pair.

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