Tropicália storm

By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 28, 2009

It's on those classic songs, particularly the rave-ups in "Panem et Circensis" and "Bat Macumba," that the Mutantes mothership really lifts off. Dias's self-designed guitar rallies his new troops, and it's clear that these are his songs as much as his missing partners'.

It helps that he has a sense of purpose in bringing this show on the road. "Once the power is on," he says, "you can't just pull the plug. It's mandatory for me to do this. There are things that are meant to be. You cannot invent John Kennedy, or Mutantes. Somehow we were blessed from the beginning. I know it's so much bigger than myself."

OS MUTANTES | Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville | October 4 at 8 pm | $28 | 617.876.4275 or www.worldmusic.org

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