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T.C. Costello w/ Rachel Hatton, the Corpses 

When: Wed., Jan. 2, 9 p.m. 2013

World music with a punk punch is odd enough, but when it's played on an accordion, a 1920s marxophone, or Laos' national folk instrument, the khaen, that takes things to another level. Singer/songwriter T.C. Costello started out playing guitar in a grunge and punk band, and found his somewhat surprising musical calling when he saw a performance by New Orleans' folk-punk stars the Zydepunks. "They blew me away," he says. "They had two accordion players, and I just loved everything they did." So he got his own instrument and started writing. As for the punk aspect, that was unavoidable. "Everything I played sounded fast and aggressive, no matter what," says Costello. So rather than fight it, he incorporated that punk ethos into his songs. It's especially apparent in songs like "How I Will Spend My Early Thirties" and "Hangman Tree." His influences range from Jewish and Eastern European folk songs to ancient South Korean music to the Pogues. "I figured if the Pogues were writing Celtic songs, I could write my own songs from all over the world," he says. Whatever your expectations, prepare to be surprised. Learn more at —Elizabeth Pandolfi



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