Asobi Seksu seem to be following the Goldfrapp guide; their third album, Hush, was a gentle surprise of flickering soundscapes, finger-picked dreaminess, a song that is R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" in every way but lyrics and none of the wild Deerhoof-style yips and yawps that singer Yuki Chikudat has become known for. She and multi-instrumentalist James Hann have been emitting squalling shoegaze pop from Brooklyn for about a decade now (they began as Sportfuck, before switching to the delicately translated equivalent), but their down-to-earth new meandering is a surprising switch and an easy sale. With Arms.
Fri., Jan. 29, 7 p.m., 2010
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