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I nearly overlooked Jazz Mind, the bipolar first album from Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (which came out in 2012); the lead track is one minute of “THIS IS MY SERMON!” shouted repeatedly, and I’m not much for being screamed at. But if you can make it to song two, Schrader deftly trades that raw delivery for a low, shamanlike rumble of a vocal. That contrast, framed by little more than rattly bass and drums, continues in short spurts for the rest of the record, and it’s weirdly arresting.

A friend who recently saw them at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium reports that Schrader performs standing in front of a single drum, accompanied by bassist Devlin Rice — no frills, plenty of bravado. If you happen to be in New York, they’ll be playing at Death by Audio in Brooklyn this Saturday.

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