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Pierced Arrows at Siberia 

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"Ain't life strange?" howls Toody Cole on the fourth track of Pierced Arrows' 2010 LP Descending Shadows (Vice). It's even stranger than she lets on. For two decades (1987-2006), with her husband, co-singer and -shredder Fred, the fortysomething Cole led their satanic-versed punk band Dead Moon to the top (or bottom) of Portland, Ore.'s underground music oligarchy, cutting its barreling vinyls with the very lathe the Kingsmen used on "Louie Louie" in 1963 and gaining new votaries like Eddie Vedder in the process. When retirement didn't suit the restless souls, they recruited the drummer son of a former bandmate to keep time and formed this choked-blues sequel, which at first resurrects Dead Moon's corpse like a lumbering, insatiable rock zombie: Toody's melodic bass, Fred's snarling guitar and the couple's off-key but in-sync harmonies on last-gasps "Buried Alive" and "Paranoia" may well be exorcising demons. But they're warded off by "Ain't Life Strange," "This Time Around" and "Coming Down to Earth," three duets that smolder and burn like torched torch songs. Love, they all but howl, can be a pretty strange thing too. Don't opens. Call for ticket information. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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