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Au Ras Au Ras with Pepi Ginsberg 

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During the past decade, Tess Brunet has kept time for Houma blues-rocker Dax Riggs (as Deadboy and the Elephantmen) and New Orleans pop breakouts Generationals, with whom she currently plays. For Au Ras Au Ras, a newborn group that debuted June 18 at the Saturn Bar, the diminutive drummer is stepping out from behind the kit to a less familiar position: manning a synthesizer and singing lead vocals. "I've only been playing keyboard for a month," she admits, deadpanning with a self-deprecating laugh. "It's really simplistic." Fans of Brunet's other bands have been treated to the equivalent of a live musical birth, as this third Au Ras gig — the second in as many weeks at the Circle Bar, both with Park the Van labelmate and gal pal Pepi Ginsberg (pictured), visiting from Brooklyn — doubles as the trio's 10th practice. But don't come expecting the swampy howls of Deadboy or the sugarcane hooks of Generationals, she warns. "They're pop songs, but they're dirty pop songs. Dirty and pretty at the same time." Free admission. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Au Ras Au Ras with Pepi Ginsberg

10 p.m. Tuesday, June 29

Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616

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