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Sharkmuffin to surface at Espresso News

By Jeff Eason (

Article Published: Mar. 12 | Modified: Mar. 19
Sharkmuffin to surface at Espresso News

Sharkmuffin, featuring Tarra Thiessen, Natalie Kirch and Janet LaBelle, will perform March 18 at Espresso News in downtown Boone.

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Expect a few broken drumsticks to fly past your head when Sharkmuffin comes to town next week at Espresso News in Boone.

The trio of lady punk rockers will be thrashing their way into Boone on Tuesday, March 18, following a raucous performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

By blending elements of garage, grunge and pop punk with general rock ’n’ roll noise, Sharkmuffin forces the listener to ignore the female-only categorization and focus only on the head-banging, fist-pumping fun that makes every performance as raw and memorable as the last.

The Brooklyn-based, self-described “femmebot” rockers have already garnered national attention.
They were recently named as Alternative Press’s 100 Bands You Should Know.

The lineup includes Tarra Thiessen on guitar, Natalie Kirch on bass and Janet LaBelle on drums.

And just because they are ladies doesn’t mean they don’t know how to rock either, so leave any preconceived notions at the door, guitarist Tarra Thiessen cautions.

“It’s a little annoying and sort of silly when people (use) that as a disqualifier,” Thiessen said.
If you need further proof of their hardcore attitude, just look at their personalized band description.
With lyrical subjects including incest, mythical bestiality and homicidal heroin-using “femmebots,” Thiessen’s gutsy vocals jump between gentle moans to rough, forceful screams, the band boasts.

To more precisely surmise a Sharkmuffin performance, no one should be left sitting in their seats by the time the trio makes their way on stage.

The show begins at 9:30 p.m. at Espresso News, located at 267 Howard St. in downtown Boone.

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