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Liars, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Joan of Arc 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., July 19, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $16
It's been more than a decade since the danceable white-belt postpunk of They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, and Liars have very much chilled out with age—they've traded in the angular guitar and disco beats for droning, ethereal soundscapes whose stillness is as fraught with tension and threat as dusk on the Serengeti. The new follow-up to 2010's Sisterworld—easily one of the trio's best—is called WIXIW (Mute), and it's less aggressive than its predecessor, with more swooshing electronics and extra yearning from front man Angus Andrew (the title is pronounced "wish you," I'm told). Even on the washed-out "No. 1 Against the Rush," with its minimalist beat, ascending synths, and sporadic electronic steel-pan pops, Liars conjure yet another mutated version of the foreboding creepiness they've already explored through several different subgenres. Say what you want about the hiccups these guys have had along the way (I'm thinking mostly of the aimlessly noisy They Were Wrong So We Drowned), but they owe their longevity in part to their willingness to experiment—and deserve a hand clap or two for being gutsy. —Kevin Warwick Joan of Arc opens with a "solo set," which probably means just Tim Kinsella.



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