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Hitting the Spot: Hot Cha Cha

Rachel Hunt

Issue date: 10/30/09 Section: Focus
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UPB is bringing a stellar Cleveland-based band to The Spot next Wednesday night. Hot Cha Cha is everything that the perfect "girl band" should be: sexy, flirtatious, and crazy. With the stage presence of Karen O., vocalist Jovana Batkovic is infamous for swinging from ceiling rafters and encouraging fans to take off their clothes. Categorized in the local scene as an "art-punk" band, they incorporate two crucial things into every performance: art and punk. They describe themselves as "one ultimate machine that will make you laugh, cry, and masturbate all at once". That sounds like a true art-punk experience.

The current Hot Cha Cha line-up consists of Mandy on guitar and keyboard, Heather on bass, and Lisa on drums. Their newest album The World's Hardest Working Telescope & The Violent Birth of Stars (Exit Stencil) just came out only a few weeks ago and currently the band is still throwing CD release parties in northern Ohio. Like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hot Cha Cha's live performances are one of the band's best attributes. Be prepared to become a part of the show if you come to watch. It's an experience for exhibitionists that you won't forget easily.

Opening up the show will be Hot Rails, hailing from Dresden, Germany. They specialize in fun and catchy rockabilly blues. Make sure to bring your favorite swing shoes or a metallic leotard, and get crazy with these hot bands on Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. @ The Spot. Don't let construction keep you away!

In Case You Missed It: It was a warm night last Wednesday when Christopher Black opened for Southeast Engine with a string ensemble in tow. Black said that he wrote all of the folk-tinged ditties himself as well as each instrument's part; this is quite an accomplishment since there were six instruments including drums, cello, and harmonica used in several of the songs. Southeast Engine gave a strong performance to a pretty large crowd. Their soulful folk songs energized the audience and had everyone there transfixed. They sounded a lot like The Format if the latter were to abandon their pop masterpieces for folk tales. It was a great autumn performance with very little audience complacency.
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