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Bands of 208

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Anyone who's been packed into a dank basement, jostled by the sway of sweaty bodies and sloshed with cheap beer while listening to the deafening clamor of live music pumped through sputtering amps knows how rad a house show can be.

Local filmmaker Clarke Howell felt the pull of the house show scene. Between February and August of 2009, Howell filmed local bands at three house venues--Baby Sale, Grandma's House and 208 House--and compiled the footage into a documentary called Bands of 208.

"The documentary is split up into three parts," explained Howell. "Each part is documenting these three houses and some of the bands and people surrounding each thing."

The documentary features local bands Vagerfly, Gorilla Thunder, For Fuck's Sake, Mere Cat, Angels of the Dust and Scarf, and explores the fan communities that have sprung up around them.

"I had already gone to shows at these three houses, and I saw something happening. They weren't just venues ... they had a good community building around it, and I saw some sort of culture forming that was separate from other culture elsewhere ..." Howell said. "It was distinct and unique, and some of the music reflected that."

Bands of 208 premieres Wednesday, May 19, at Neurolux and includes live music from Jonn E Combat and the Jungle Fucks. DVDs containing a number of special features and a music compilation will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, May 19, 8 p.m., $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., neurolux.com. To view the trailer, search "Bands of 208" on facebook.com.

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