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Headlights, Maserati, Pomegranates, Oceans 

When: Thu., March 12, 9:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $10
It was five long years between Maserati’s second full-length, The Language of Cities, and their third, 2007’s phenomenal Inventions for the New Season, so when I learned that this instrumental post-rock outfit from Athens, Georgia, was releasing a split LP with Zombi in February on Temporary Residence, I got more than a little excited to hear it. On the new record Maserati’s minimalist brushed-steel psych stays true to form, anchoring its fluttering layers of delay-looped guitar and synth with the hypnotic, galloping pulse of the bass and drums. The band’s streamlined epics, serene but bristling with restrained power, stick with a cycling groove rather than detouring into knotty metrical complexity like so much instrumental post-rock, and this makes them highly addictive—the steady repetition of taut, high-energy rhythms, in combination with the front line’s lush swaths of chilly processed harmonies, induces a kind of euphoric trance. Now if they’d only put out new music a little more often. Headlights headline; Maserati, Pomegranates, and Oceans open. —Kevin Warwick

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