Awolnation singer/songwriter Aaron Bruno cobbles together modern-rock tunes that are candy pop, hard as nails, and cathedral-huge: Aggro refrains choke on wafting choruses and kitchen-sink post-Beck song suites, but somehow it still all feels right. At once wading-pool shallow and mercilessly affecting, the quintet caulk the fault line separating a guilty pleasure from a cultivated muso obsession. Last year’s Megalithic Symphony suggested that the band could do anything, so expect them to keep breakdancing atop your notions of what popular music should be able to accomplish.
Wed., May 9, 7 p.m., 2012
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 9, 2012