Rodrigo Y Gabriela

When I say that Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero's shredding will melt your face, bear two things in mind. First, said shredding consists of inconceivably fast classical and flamenco picking on acoustic guitars—no heavily distorted, thunderbolt-shaped custom axes here. Second, your face: It's gonna be in a puddle on the floor. The pair have roots in death metal back in their hometown of Mexico City, but since they moved to Dublin, Ireland, they've cultivated a musical style all their own, blending their rock beginnings with more traditional sounds. Unlike a lot of virtuoso guitarists, they don't get bogged down in navel-gazing improvisation; their music is designed from the ground up to get your hips wiggling and your toes tapping. The pair's new album, 11:11, makes tentative steps into alternative instrumentation, featuring a bit of high-flying electric guitar and piano backup on some tracks, but all indications are that their live show remains unchanged: the pair onstage with nothing but their guitars, a couple of microphones, and a healthy dose of awesome.
Sat., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., 2009

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