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Give into that irresistible force that is (or should be) drawing you to Magnetic Field tonight (Saturday, April 10), to see a raucous show by Boston-based mod rockers, The Pills, who no doubt will be rolling into Brooklyn Heights with copies of their third and latest LP "A Fistful of Pills" (Primary Voltage Records) in hand.

The Pills are (left to right) David Thompson (guitar, vocals); Dave Aaronoff (guitar, keyboards, vocals), formerly of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones; Corin Ashley (bass, vocals); and Jamie Vavra (drums).

Some critics have likened the quartet’s amphetamine pop to The Strokes and The White Stripes, while other critics lament that it should have been The Pills - popping since 1995 - getting all the attention.

The band’s lyrics answer their euphoria-inducing sound with occasional wistfulness and more frequent wit and sarcasm. In one of the few slow-paced songs, "Kissing the Dirt," a groovy paean to paranoia, they write, "When the Geiger counter dances, I’m not taking any chances - I’ll be safe beneath my desk." And if you really get hooked, the CD also has sheet music so you can "play along with The Pills."

Surely, a live show of The Pills’ infectious, head-bopping tunes will be the tonic for anything that ails you.

Brooklyn’s own The Strip Minors will open the show, which kicks off at 8 pm. Magnetic Field is located at 97 Atlantic Ave. between Henry and Hicks streets. For more information, call (718) 834-0069 or visit www.magneticbrooklyn.com.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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