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Jean-Luc Godard

The Death Set, from Baltimore to Brooklyn and back again

The Death Set, from Baltimore to Brooklyn and back again

The Death Set's upward rise in the last five years, as electric and spazzoid as its own music, was zapped two years ago when founding member Beau Velasco died of a drug overdose.

But Johnny Siera, the group's other founder, still pressed ahead. In March, the Death Set released a new album, "Michel Poiccard," that was inspired by Velasco's death.

"It's trying to celebrate his presence and his life rather than mourn it," said Siera, who performs two shows Saturday at the Windup Space with drummer Jahphet Landis and...

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