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Jukebox the Ghost, Jenny Owen Youngs, Silent Years 

When: Thu., April 30, 8:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $12
Philadelphia-based trio Jukebox the Ghost marries a gusto for eccentric power pop to an apocalyptic but geeky lyrical vision, like They Might Be Giants partnering with Stephen King to write for Broadway. The band’s debut album, Let Live & Let Ghosts (Rebel Group, 2008), mixes stadium-ready riffs, frisky acoustic guitar, and singer Ben Thornewill’s dramatic piano pounding with the occasional nod to “My Sharona” and not one but two cameos by Satan. In “Where Are All the Scientists Now?” the Prince of Darkness brandishes a briefcase as the world explodes; in “Beady Eyes on the Horizon,” whose lyrics linger on a pair of disembodied eyes looking out from inside a hurricane, he’s crashing in the narrator’s apartment. When they aren’t chirping about doomsday, Jukebox the Ghost occasionally channel Charles Schulz: on the matter of love, Thornewill proclaims, “Good grief!” Jenny Owen Youngs and the Silent Years open. —Ann Sterzinger

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