Asobi Seksu

Despite their reputation as shoegaze figureheads, James Hanna and Yuki Chikudate write songs that are too blissfully poppy to be considered truly psychedelic. That chaotic noise is still the tastiest part, though; much more interesting than the melodies themselves are the ways in which they nimbly dance with, and occasionally collapse beneath, the borderline-nonsensical tides of reverb and fuzz and flanger. Last year's impressive acoustic EP, however, demonstrated that they're more about deliberate design studies than just fiddling with their guitar pedals and hoping for the best.
Sat., Aug. 21, 8 p.m., 2010

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