Magnetix at the Hi-Tone Cafe 

Among the many touring bands dispersing from Austin after last week's South By Southwest Music Festival is Magnetix, the indie garage electro-rock duo from Bordeaux, France. Currently on their "Drogue Électrique" tour, named after their 2011 LP released under Born Bad Records and Slovenly Recordings, Magnetix touts an eclectic mix of sounds ranging from the quasi-West African dune rock of the opening track of their new album to heavily distorted and drunken '50s surfer rock, rockabilly, fuzzy underground punk, and a healthy dose of impending doom. While the band's two members, Aggy Sonora and Looch Vibrato, have been working on side project after side project, their hearts, it seems, lie with Magnetix. Drogue Électrique has undeservedly gone unnoticed, for the most part, by the music-centric blogosphere. Though with their rich, soul-tearing sound, it should prove interesting to see where they go from here. I get the impression that this duo will stick around, gritting their teeth and taking swigs from whatever bottles are within reach. Magnetix plays the Hi-Tone Café on Thursday, March 22nd, along with New York punk-pop band Jukebox Romantics, XRay Eyeballs, and Problems. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $7.

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