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Local band: Blackheart Whitenoise

Weekend!Music: Dark music with a bounce in the beat
by: ©2006 RYAN HIRSCHBERG, A band with big noise and big attitude, BlackHeart WhiteNoise doesn’t do anything small, unless it’s for a publicity shot.

Gritty, glammy and ever so slightly goth, BlackHeart WhiteNoise is quickly making a splash. Although the band has been together for just over six months, it's released one of the most confident, catchy and fully realized local CDs of the year.

From the first notes of 'Our Lives in Black and White,' it's apparent that BlackHeart WhiteNoise means business.

There's a swagger and a little bit of danger - this is a band who film their lives 'in black and white, because color shows the bloodshot in our eyes.'

Songs like 'December's Child' and 'Panomine' bring to mind the dark-edged pop of the Psychedelic Furs, while 'Guest List' wouldn't sound out of place on an Iggy Pop album.

It's hard to pick a favorite tune - any one of them sound like they could become the next breakaway hit on modern rock radio. Catchy and full of attitude, BlackHeart WhiteNoise is a band to watch.

- Barbara Mitchell

9 p.m. FRIDAY, Oct. 13, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $10