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Dirty Projectors

When: Thu., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. 2012

Arty experimentalists Dirty Projectors exposed a pop nerve on 2009's Bitte Orca, balancing jarring sounds and dissonant tones with beatific vocal harmonies and insistent, oddly shaped hooks. Leader David Longstreth spent nearly a year in the woods writing the follow-up, Swing Lo Magellan. "It wasn’t clear in the beginning what the album would sound like. He wrote a lot of different kinds of songs," says singer/guitarist Amber Coffman. The end result is strikingly off-kilter but still beautiful.

Chris Parker

Price: $18

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