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Gig Alert: Miracles of Modern Science

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Miracles of Modern Science
“Eating Me Alive”
Playing Thursday at The Rock Shop
(249 4th Avenue, Park Slope)
Get: Tickets ($10) | Directions

Born in the hallowed halls of Princeton University, Miracles of Modern Science isn’t your average chamber pop band. The group's instrumentation is mandolin, violin, cello, upright bass and drum. But while most bands working with strings are making some variety of hazy, slow, pretty music, Miracles of Modern Science plays exciting, up-tempo rock songs anchored by dance beats, and it's pretty shocking how hard they rock out on classical instruments.

On this track, “Eating Me Alive,” there are chunky ostinatos, disco string riffs, and at one point, a wild violin slide that sounds like it could have come from a theremin or analog synthesizer.

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