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Busy? Pressed for time? Can't get through all those new releases in the time it would take to hear them from start to finish? If only there was a way to listen to at least the good parts of 15 or 20 songs at once. That's not exactly the aim behind Pittsburgh DJ Gregg Gillis -- a.k.a. Girl Talk -- and his hyperactive, ADD-take on the mash-up, but it is the somewhat dizzying result. An alternate take on the classic hip-hop tradition of mixing sampled tracks into new songs, mash-ups are achieved by playing tracks from mismatched artists on top of each other to create a wholly different song, as with early '00s club hits like Freelance Hellraiser's "Stroke of Genie-Us," which spliced the Strokes with Christina Aguilera, or Go Home Production's combination of strange bedfellows Madonna and the Sex Pistols. Gillis takes the concept to the nth degree on his latest album, Night Ripper (Illegal Art Records), with a sampling frenzy that creates highly danceable, dizzyingly complex pastiches out of dozens of scraps of songs at a time, using only a few seconds of each track -- from recent indie-rock hits to classic rock to hip-hop. The collage concept will intrigue fans of experimental music, the scene from which Gillis emerged. His first projects were noise bands, and he's said he considers Night Ripper his accessible album. Others will be happy just to dance. Tickets $10. -- Alison Fensterstock

Midnight Sat., August 11

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

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