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Atlanta's Family Force 5 creates a dubious first impression at best. Much like the mustachioed, pudgy crooner Har Mar Superstar, it's hard to tell if the act is a colossal, ironic joke the rest of us might not be getting. After all, the slogan of this group of five, pasty, white hipsters with emo-style haircuts is, "May the crunk be with you." Still, they try to do right by the booty-shaking legacy of their hometown. The band claims to blend influences from Pete Rock, Kool and the Gang, and Outkast with Kraftwerk, Rage Against the Machine, and, um, Jesus. The result? Chugging, post-hardcore-esque guitars under lyrics about mullets, interspersed with hip-hop breakdowns and even the appearance of the endangered key-tar. Definitely not for the dour, High-Fidelity-esque music purist, but free your mind and your ass just might follow.

Family Force Five performs at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Studio A, 60 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $10. Call 305-358-7625.


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