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Fol Chen plays at the Nike Montalban Theater on Sunday*

December 12, 2008 |  5:27 pm

Fol Chen -- "The Believers" from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

This video for Fol Chen's "The Believers" reminds us a bit of the brilliant video for Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" but it's weirder on every level. First, you have the song from this Highland Park band that sounds a bit like Sufjan Stevens if he'd been raised by David Koresh instead of Christian-hippie parents in Michigan. This isn't entirely coincidental; Fol Chen is a recent signee to Stevens' label, Asthmatic Kitty, and they have an album due in February. But then there's the video itself: Directed by Kelly Sears, an artist who's shown at the still-solvent Hammer Museum and LACMA, it features clip art of old-timey machinery and cutout silhouette faces moving in slow assembly toward some unknown goal. It's an intriguing reiteration on the song's horn-laced, disjointed waltz.

Fol Chen recently participated in Machine Project's takeover of LACMA (which prompted some members of the media to fantasize about what Machine Project could do with the troubled MOCA) with a textile-inspired soundtrack that can be purchased through Machine Project. This weekend will provide another opportunity to see Fol Chen, this time at the holiday shindig for the Los Angeles Dodgeball Society, a collective of party-hardy types who gather on weekends to give each other rubber-ball welts. The party will also include performances from the Monolators and Little Red Radio, plus comedians Patton Oswalt, Greg Proops, Doug Benson and others.

-- Margaret Wappler

*UPDATE: The original version of this post stated that Machine Project took over MOCA. The Echo Park gallery actually took over LACMA for a day of events in November.

The Los Angeles Dodgeball Society Presents Dodgeball X-mas Party at the Nike Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine St. on Sunday. 2 to 5 p.m. bands (Fol Chen at 2:30 p.m.); 5 to 7 p.m. screening of "Better Off Dead"; 7 to 9 p.m. stand-up comedy. Bring either a new toy costing $5 to $10 or a donation of $5 to $10. Proceeds go to charity.