Mmm... Sheep Stomach

Hagus Magagus!

Ach, laddie — it's time fer some bonnie jigs an' reels with Scotland's kilt-wearin' crazies, the brogue-spewin' boyos knoon as Hagus Magagus! Actually, though they're named after the traditional Highland dish of stuffed sheep's stomach, this insanely talented trio is from Broward, not Blairgowrie, and their speciality ain't exactly fiddler's tunes. Hag Magag's bouncing-off-the-walls blend of twisted compositions, Zappa-like spoke-sung vocals, Claypudlian bass guitar, and jazzy, snappy drums is as ridiculous as it is infectious, the kind of music that'll have you laughing out loud. As it spins out of control with goony love songs about riding the bus, the group is anchored by young drummer Josh Connolly (a fine Irish gent, perhaps?). The kid just might be the hottest skinsman in South Florida, his massive frame dwarfing his small kit, smashing out funky breaks like a bear swatting flies. Aye, 'tis true: Hagus Magagus is not Scottish, but thankfully, it's not crap.

Hagus Magagus plays at 10 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Bamboo Room, 25 S. "J" St., Lake Worth. Tickets cost $12. Call 561-585-2583.

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Jonathan Zwickel