Art Brut, Surfer Blood, Frigates | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Art Brut, Surfer Blood, Frigates 

When: Tue., Nov. 10, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: $15, 18+
Bands don't often come out of the gate as strong as this group of young Floridians. Their debut album, Astro Coast (due January 19 on Kanine Records), works a nice, tight strip of the musical spectrum that's the shortest possible distance between Brian Eno's perverse-pop phase and the first Weezer record. Front man John Paul Pitts can hit all the high notes but does so with a vaguely British detatchment, and a lot of the record is given over to songs like "Harmonix" that decorate a sparse melodic frame with brilliant unexpected touches, like a melody constructed of plucked guitar harmonics or a lead that splits the difference between surf rock and highlife. But then there are a few that're mostly just giant blasts of supercatchy, densely fuzzy guitar pop, not trying to do anything other than deliver riffs and hooks as crunchtastically as possible. Better hope the dudes aren't dicks, because there are about to be seven billion articles and blog posts about them. —Miles Raymer

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