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By MATT PARISH  |  March 1, 2010

Across the Charles at River Gods, you'll find a whole calendar full of obsessive DJ programming that, truth be told, you'd have a hard time dancing to even if you wanted to without impaling yourself on the Viking décor. French pop, film music, and free jazz all reign here on selected nights of the month. For IMPERIALISMS, Weirdo Records impresario Angela Sawyer and WMBR's Jesse Kominsky join forces to show off "disgustingly rare" vinyl from waterlogged record bins all over the world.

"Our focus is world psychedelia," says Sawyer. "Which basically means '60s records in foreign languages." Don't cry if you feel lost — that's sort of the point. Sawyer's got you covered as you wander through distant lands of oddly flavored kitsch. "I'm always a sucker for some harmony-drenched Peruvian psych by bands like Telegraph Avenue, a zippy Group Sounds act like the Carnabeats, or a cumbia-friendly lounge hipster like Eduardo Zurita. I'm also a long-time fan of Ros Sereysothea — who is pretty much the Cambodian answer to, oh, say, Nancy Sinatra."

Screens hanging on the walls show scratchy classics of Eastern cinema — the most recent night featured a "Turkish James Bond knockoff." Their next wax exploration leaves March 23.

BLACKTAIL + WHITEY at BORN OF FIRE | O'Brien's Pub, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston | March 4 at 8 pm | 21+ | $5 | 617.782.6245 orwww.obrienspubboston.com | WONDERTWINS ACTIVE | Model Café, 7 North Beacon St, Allston | March 24 at 10 pm | 21+ | Free | 617.254.9365 | IMPERIALISMS | River Gods, 125 River St, Cambridge | March 23 at 9 pm | 617.576.1881 orwww.rivergodsonline.com

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