Monday, May 20, 2024

Mali Sastri and her art-rock band Jaggery are releasing an EP based on “In Cold Blood” and hosting a murder-themed event June 24. (Photo: Noah Blumenson-Cook)

The local release of an EP by the art-rock band Jaggery inspired by Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” — the seminal true crime novel and a disturbing piece of journalism about the slaughter of a family — is also an opportunity for Jaggery’s leader, Singer Mali, to curate “an evening of murder-inspired performance, exploring the inner killer and the inner killed.”

Dark enough?

The night, part of a series of events Mali calls Orgs, is labeled “Murder Ballads: Songs of Souls (Mis)taken,” and Jaggery is only the start of the entertainment offered.

More music comes from Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys and the duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi; film by animator Suzie Templeton, who won a Best Animated Short Film Oscar in 2008 for a “Peter and the Wolf” that moved the tale to an industrial wasteland; storytelling by Massmouth; and performances by UnAmerika’s Sweetheart, Karin Webb, among others.

“What does art inspired by murder look like?” asks Mali (also known as Mali Sastri). “How does a brew of the desire to both create and annihilate taste? Through music, storytelling, film, dance and more, artists will share their own murder ballads, offering views from many angles — from victim to perpetrator, from revenge to mercy, from the killer on trial to the murderer within.”

The all-ages show takes place at 8 p.m. June 24 at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $20 for seats or $15 for those who can stand to stand, available at with handling fees or at the Oberon box office without. More information is here.

There’s a requested dress code. People are asked to “come dressed to kill,” Sastri says. “Of course.”

This post was written from a press release.