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Abe Vigoda, Talbot Tagora, Reds & Blue 

When: Fri., July 24, 10 p.m. 2009
Price: $10
On their latest, this winter’s Reviver EP (Post Present Medium), LA four-piece Abe Vigoda have forsaken much of the spastic, sparkly ebullience of last year’s Skeleton. Michael Vidal’s manic yelping has given way to downcast, world-weary singing that wouldn’t sound out of place on an early Joy Division record, and the bright, ringing guitars—part of the reason the group used to call their music “tropical punk”—have turned dark and ominous. Even the drumming—by Dane Chadwick, who recently replaced Reggie Guerrero—is less frenetic and more straightforward. But the band’s energy and power, though transformed in character, is undiminished in intensity; it’s as though the music has settled into adulthood without becoming boring or safe. Talbot Tagora and Reds & Blue open. —Peter Margasak

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