Check out 127 (“saad o bist o haft”), a smart band out of Tehran that takes Iranian scales, adds a trombone, a dash of jazz, and a pinch of punk, then stirs it all together with sharp lyrics to make some delicious, delicious music. Think a cross between the Decemberists and Nellie McKay, but speed it up and imagine it in Persian and English both. I think the video above is my favorite song of theirs I’ve heard so far. Check out their beautiful website – that’s what you get when the band is comprised of a bunch of art students – and add them on MySpace.

I was very lucky to meet a couple of the band members, who are in LA now and winding down a US tour, at the Noor Film Festival this weekend (post on that coming very soon). Just got an email from their trombone with heads up that they’ll be performing at Arizona State University (I think? Will clarify when I get an update from them), on April 18… more soon!... here are the details of their April 18 show:

The 127 Band – playing on April 18, 2008
University of Arizona
Stage 2, located on Mountain Ave. and 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85721

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