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The Men, Nude Beach, Mac Blackout All Ages Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Wed., March 21, 8 p.m. 2012
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The four dudes in the Men play punk, but they're students of all sorts of music—garage, grunge, hardcore, Krautrock, shoegaze, pigfuck. It sounds like they've sussed out what gives each genre its potency, then incorporated all of it into their visceral, constantly evolving aesthetic. This has helped make the Men one of the most exciting bands to come out of the DIY scene nationwide, and their brand-new third full-length, Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones), ought to burnish their already glowing reputation. On the new album the guys have taken a shine to the rough 'n' tumble twang of country: The occasional slide-guitar line evokes the golden hues of a desert sunset, and sometimes the vocals are so laid-back they sound like whoever's singing them is basking in that sunset. Oh, and there's a tune called "Country Song." The tunes are still brash and loud—except for the almost acoustic "Candy"—but the Men's frenetic, freewheeling energy ebbs a little more often than it flows this time out, making room for some extra appearances by their relatively straightforward and poppy side. Despite its country-fried flavor, though, Open Your Heart is still brutally crunchy—the fans the Men have made so far shouldn't desert them now. —Leor Galil Nude Beach opens. The Men: For more on the band, see Artist on Artist.


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