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Sightings are Brooklyn's greatest living noise band--period. The avant-bruisers have been making jagged, nauseous, pig-fucked chip-'n'-sizzle for over a solid decade and have only gotten better with age. Their upcoming seventh album, City Of Straw (due April 13 on Brah Records) is easily their most expansive, pumping hollowed-out punk rock dirges as if they were transmissions from scrambled porn channels, all fuzz, static, and pulse-defying hiccups. Produced by Oneida's Kid Millions and Shahin Motia (full disclosure: two of my brahs), Sightings are starting to sound like a full-on rock band. "The guitar sounds those guys got were the best we've had in a studio," says drummer Jon Lockie. But if Sightings are indeed rockers, just think of them as expressionists, using a prismatic array of bowel-battering fuzz and stuttering gurgles instead of "riffs." Opener "Tar And Pine" starts as a precise piece of Mille Plateaux-ready glitch-dub before diving headfirst into oily pits of industrial wreckage, Flipper doom, and suffocating mounds of dirt. Below, an interview, tourdates, and the "Tar and Pine" download:More »