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Sloan, Dearly Beloved 

When: Thu., May 26, 8:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $15, 17+
The title of Sloan's new album might seem to be about betrayal, but The Double Cross (Yep Roc) actually celebrates the 20th anniversary of this four-piece from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who are stars in their homeland but remain cult figures in the U.S. (That's 20 as in XX.) Such workmanlike cleverness is well suited to Sloan, whose music has always been reliable, unfussy, and comforting; it's easy to appreciate, if occasionally hard to remember. It doesn't help that the new record's first three tunes are run together without pauses, which inadvertently makes them sound like one long song. Every member has contributed original material since day one, and maybe because they juggle power-pop hooks, classic-rock swagger, and new-wave gloss, they've never hit upon a readily identifiable sound. Still, the band has consistently pumped out catchy tunes with little apparent effort, and their tenth album is no exception—I always enjoy listening to a Sloan record, even if I almost never find myself craving one. —Peter Margasak

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