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Iceage, Helm, Father Murphy Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Oct. 22, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $14, $12 in advance
Copenhagen punks Iceage broke out as teenagers with the frigid hardcore blast of 2011’s New Brigade, whose best songs crackle with an almost uncontrollable combustibility—it’s a record that sounds like a band charging toward the edge of a cliff, and part of the thrill of listening to it is knowing that the kids who made it could never repeat that feat. On Iceage’s new third album, Plowing Into the Field of Love (Matador), the nihilism is still there, but molded into drawn-out, queasy postpunk. They experiment ambitiously with departures from their usually volatile sound, particularly on the crawling, quasi-symphonic “Against the Moon,” where front man Elias Bender Ronnenfelt dials back his unhinged vocals for a number that’s part deranged, boozy antifolk and part mutated, skeletal lounge. On much of Plowing Into the Field of Love, though, Ronnenfelt’s untamed, scuffed-up barks and yelps lead the charge—they give the buoyant, country-flavored “The Lord’s Favorite” a rambunctious swagger. —Leor Galil
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