Math rock with prog overtones is this Sacramento trio's forte, and they succeed where many of their contemporaries don't in part because they figured out that ever-shifting time signatures and sublime dynamics mean nothing if the tunes aren't there. On one release after another, its melodic instincts have grown stronger, and there has been a greater willingness to evolve beyond complex noise-rock instrumentals into full-fledged, vocal-limned songs in the manner of Jawbox and Polvo, only more fraught, compelling, and blisteringly alive; forthcoming full-length X'ed Out is their most confident entreaty yet.
Thu., May 2, 9 p.m., 2013
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