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Monday, July 16, 2012

Reptile Palace Orchestra

Songs and Dances of Madisonia (Omnium)

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If Madisonia were a country, it would lie somewhere in the Balkans, maybe east of the Carpathians—judging by Reptile Palace Orchestra's CD. On Songs and Dances, the longtime Madison band (with roots in '80s post-punk) tears through ragingly electric, high-energy renditions of Eastern European music, with klezmer-Gypsy-Bulgarian melodies coursing over a driving rhythm section augmented by cello, clarinet and accordion. If rock 'n' roll had originated in Belgrade rather than Memphis, it might have sounded like the Reptile Palace band.