It took Interpol frontman Paul Banks three years and his band’s indefinite hiatus for him to start recording under his own name instead of his Julian Plenti alter ego. He has said that the reason for the pseudonym was to distinguish the music he wrote before he was in Interpol from his recent works, but the truth is that his strident voice will always be the connecting thread. His latest, Banks, sounds like a more densely textured and ornamented variation on his usual themes. After all, that sort of subtle change is the one thing you can rely on from him, no matter what moniker he uses.
Fri., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., 2012