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For the past decade, absurdist art-punk firing squad Les Savy Fav have been one of the city’s most consistently entertaining live acts. But as the five members have confronted adulthood’s gnawing responsibilities and even sprouted families, the post-hardcore veterans have understandably become far more selective about their public engagements. That same curatorial fastidiousness dominates Frenchkiss Records, the indubitably excellent Manhattan label that Les Savy Fav bassist Syd Butler founded in 1999 to release his band’s second album, The Cat and the Cobra. Home to such splendid melodic-indie outfits as the Antlers, Passion Pit, and the Drums, Frenchkiss has since unleashed dozens of excellent full-lengths on the world, including one of the last decade’s finest, the Hold Steady’s Separation Sunday. Coincidentally, Frenchkiss’s Union Square offices have a framed copy of the Voice’s Hold Steady cover from 2005. Add this to the wall, too?

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