Pere Ubu, 'Long Live Pere Ubu!' (Hearpen)

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by David Menconi

Pere Ubu have never been easy listening, but the Ohio art-punk legends have never been quite this difficult, either. Long Live Pere Ubu! is the exceptionally odd soundtrack to frontman David Thomas' absurdist play Bring Me the Head of Ubu Roi -- an adaptation of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi, which caused riots and scandal upon its Paris debut in 1896. So there's lots of theatrics to go with the Beefheart skronk, which will clear most rooms. But the folks who stay are the ones you'll want to hang with.

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