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Cloud Nothings, Protomartyr, Ryley Walker 

When: Sat., May 3, 10 p.m. 2014
Price: sold out
What I like so much about Protomartyr’s 2012 debut, No Passion All Technique—aside from its perfectly nihilistic title—is that it’s a disjointed, slovenly kind of punk, epitomized by the blase demeanor and distinctive timbre of vocalist Joe Casey, which no one can resist comparing to that of the Fall’s Mark E. Smith (myself included). At the time its dark, shoulda-been singles—“Ypsilanti” being the best example—provided glimmers of what the Detroit band was capable of, and the new Under Color of Official Right (Hardly Art) fulfills that promise. The band flawlessly wraps its postpunk gloom around an album that’s all highlights, with each track as sneaky-catchy as its predecessor. Casey dresses to the normcore nines in a button-down shirt and slacks (there’s a Tumblr devoted to descriptions of him, which tend to use the word “accountant”), and he’s got his peculiar approach to the front-man role all figured out, spewing tumbling lyrics out of the side of his mouth, hand in pocket, his husky voice pairing with the new record’s more melodic, less “punk” arrangements. And when he’s given the run of a song, as on the stripped-down, austere “Bad Advice,” he grips the mike with a hardened will. He’s not nearly as invested in slackerdom as he’s letting on. Protomartyr also play a free, all ages in-store at the Broadway Reckless Records location at 3 PM. —Kevin Warwick


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