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Sian Alice Group, El Jesus De Magico, Unlucky Atlas 

When: Sun., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $3
On its debut this British combo seemed to be restlessly switching between two channels: between songs, which were either moody, introspective art-pop (a la early Broadcast or Pram) or ethereal psych-folk, they indulged in experimental instrumental interludes. But on the dazzling new Troubled, Shaken Etc. (The Social Registry) the Sian Alice Group reconciles those impulses. Now the experimentation happens within the songs, and Sian Ahern’s honeyed, hypnotizing voice wraps it all up together like a long golden thread—post-Reich minimalism, numb electronica, textural guitar and marimba, woozy piano ballads, folk-guitar licks, and more. El Jesus De Magico and Unlucky Atlas open. —Peter Margasak

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