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Museum of Love

Museum of Love

Museum of Love, Olin 

When: Thu., March 5, 10 p.m. 2015
Price: $15, $13 in advance
The first time I saw LCD Soundsystem live I thought, “Who the hell is that drummer?” With his loose playing, helicopter-rotor-like fills, and in-the-pocket timekeeping, Pat Mahoney was James Murphy’s secret weapon. During that time, Mahoney also partnered with Murphy in Special Disco Version, a DJ duo that unleashed the esteemed record collections of two of indie music’s most famous tastemakers. And now that LCD is kaput, Mahoney emerges with Museum of Love, a synth-pop duo with Dennis McNany (aka DFA Records act Jee Day) that similarly espouses good taste and a sharp synthesis of different musical styles. Where Museum of Love forks away from LCD Soundsystem is in reference points: the drums are more minimal synth than postpunk while the bass leans harder on postpunk than funk and disco, and the keyboards are more Art of Noise and early house than Stevie Wonder or Brian Eno. Plus, and this is huge, Mahoney can actually sing, and he never plays up an aging-hipster persona as a diversion for a lack of vocal chops (though Murphy is shrewd enough to make that method work). Museum of Love’s self-titled debut on DFA is a bracing collection of glowing synth-pop with a sleek downtown edge. It’s also one of the most overlooked LPs of 2014, and a good reason to check out what the group’s live show is like. —Tal Rosenberg

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