What do you get when you combine fuzzed out guitar riffs, crashing drums, and lots of hair all growing out of a brother/sister garage rock duo? No, not the White Stripes; we’re talking about Chicago’s White Mystery. If you like the White Stripes, you’d certainly like White Mystery, but they are not a complete rip off of the Detroit garage rock band. “I like my coffee with black eyes, you want your whisky with a cigarette/we couldn’t be any more different/we are White Mystery!” sings guitarist Miss Alex White on their 2011 album Blood and Venom. They are different. Where the Stripes often opted for the less is more philosophy of music, Mystery opts for the more is more philosophy. Feedback, distorted vocals, and layers upon layers of guitars are their weapons of choice, and combined with miles of curly red hair and plenty of tiger striped clothing, the duo can really create a lot of chaos on stage. Their latest release, the People Power (Sea of Infamy) EP only bumps it up a notch with drummer Francis Scott Key White smashing his drum heads into oblivion, and plenty of yelping, and overdriven guitar from Miss Alex filling the hole that the Stripes left after they disbanded for good last year. Don’t miss White Mystery when they come to Soundlab on Friday (April 27) with support from Buffalo’s Aircraft and Pink Tiger, and Rochester’s Rational Animals.—cory perla

9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 / bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $8.

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