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Bully at Larimer Lounge show preview 

click to enlarge Bully, with Melkbelly, Monday, March 5, 8 p.m., 2721 Larimer St., Denver, $15.75, ages 16-and-over, larimerlounge.com - ALYSSE GAFKJEN
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  • Bully, with Melkbelly, Monday, March 5, 8 p.m., 2721 Larimer St., Denver, $15.75, ages 16-and-over, larimerlounge.com
Not to put too fine a point on it, but Alicia Bognanno’s songs, invigorating though they may be, don’t sound particularly well-adjusted: “Cut my hair I feel the same / Masturbate I feel the same / Hope you’re okay I feel the same,” she sings on the opening track of Bully’s 2017 sophomore album Losing. What’s also remained the same, in the five years since she put her Nashville punk-rock outfit together, is the stream of comparisons between Bognanno and Belly’s Tanya Donelly, which may be sparked as much by similar band names as musical aspirations. Still, the grunge-rock elements of Bully’s music are undeniable on Losing tracks like “Kills to Be Resistant” and “You Could Be Wrong,” as befits an artist who, while pursuing her degree in audio recording, interned as an engineer at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio. Bognanno, who returned there to record both Bully albums, described the studio as calming, welcoming and comfortable, which are not the first words you think of when it comes to the cranky producer of albums by Nirvana, Urge Overkill and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Perhaps, if the association continues, Bognanno and Albini will both become more well-adjusted.

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