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Gig Alerts: Saadi

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Saadi
"Birds"
Playing at: Cameo Gallery
(93 N. 6th St., Williamsburg)
Get: Tickets ($8 at door) | Directions

Saadi's upcoming EP Bad City is unfortunately timed: it drops just a month after the first album in ten years by British songstress Sade. Here's hoping the Smooth Operator doesn't steal any of Saadi's thunder; one listen to "Birds" will tell you the two are not to be confused. You may recognize Boshra AlSaadi, the group's Damascus-born songwriter and namesake, as the leader of the New York pop-punk outfit Looker. AlSaadi brings some of Looker's aesthetic to her solo project, but tosses in the kitchen sink as well. "Birds" sports thick synth sounds in the vein of the Rentals, some Lady Gaga-esque filtered vocals, and an echoey inside-out drumbeat straight out of the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

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