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Felix Obelix, Velvet Umbrella Orchestra & Chorus

When: Sat., Nov. 20 2010

Left-field pop pairings don't come much better suited than this one. Felix Obelix creates a whirring, off-kilter music machine out of organ, glockenspiel and accordion. Full of plucky melodies and a saccharine-laced sense of the macabre, the results fall somewhere between The Nightmare Before Christmas and Neutral Milk Hotel. Wendy Spitzer's warble lends an ironic sense of grandeur. The Velvet Umbrella Orchestra—created to perform a sci-fi pop opera written by SNMNMNM's Seamus Kenney called "All Hail the Comet"—aims for cinematic weirdness with smooth, melodic swells and gauzy chorus lines that ape the scores of '50s alien cinema. —Jordan Lawrence

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