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MP3 of the Day: "Set Me Free" by Monotonix, Burning Down Respectable Street January 27

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If bouts of casual pyromania are your idea of a perfect night out, then consider the hairy, sweaty, and certifiably dangerous members of Monotonix your Israeli tour guides to paradise. Like IDF explosive experts or any troglodyte teen with a Zippo, the Monotonix men -- singer Ami Shalev, guitarist Yonatan Gat, and drummer Haggai Fershtman -- think fire is the funnest invention of all time. And that's why they insist on setting flame to whatever the fuck happens to be hanging around the stage ... Guitars, girls, you. 

Now, it's no surprise that these arsonists aren't quite as awesome on record as they are onstage. How could they be? The album version of Monotonix lacks a certain intensity of experience because, you know, things are blowing up in your mind and not your face. So, sure, download today's free track "Set Me Free," it's as rudimentary and unstable as an imaginary bomb. But if you want the real, live, life-threatening thing, show up next Wednesday ... Shit's gonna go down like a Molotov cocktail into a closet. 

With Surfer Blood, Woodmen Hall, and Love Handles. Wednesday, January 27. Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $7. 561-832-9999; respectablestreet.com

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