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The Infamous Sugar

When: Sat., May 4, 10 p.m. 2013

Haunting Raleigh clubs since 2008, David Simmons, aka The Infamous Sugar, has steadily developed a singular approach to the one-man-band game. Armed only with a drum machine, a keyboard and his voice, The Infamous Sugar is a commanding presence. Meshing proggy keyboard workouts with steady R&B grooves, he builds a versatile foundation for his irreverent, punk-in-spirit "dirty pop." It's a perfect setting for songs loaded with Cramps-worthy sleaze and Dead Milkmen irreverence, delivered by a singer whose lascivious growl of a voice suggests James Brown and the Dwarves' Blag Dahlia in equal measure. Last year's The Pink Album brings fuller backing, though it doesn't detract from Sugar's spotlight. On "They Call Me Sugar," Simmons introduces his alter ego with a litany of titles, including heartbreaker, motherfucker, titty sucker and sex doctor. As Pink's 12 songs progress, Sugar addresses his love for women and his disdain for weak drugs. He imagines cavemen getting high and even offers some sage wisdom: "Bein' drunk ain't no excuse for bein' an asshole." Simmons' quest for lowbrow laughs never sacrifices the hooks. —Bryan C. Reed

Price: $5

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