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Intimate Stranger with Lovey Dovies

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When an international outfit's recipe calls for such far-flung ingredients as Chilean guitarists and a half-English, half-Croatian singer, one instinctively braces for a murky genre stew of hydra-headed adjectives or that single most-dreaded noun in food and music: fusion. So it's with some measure of relief that Intimate Stranger's second LP, the June release Under (Fringecore), is more consomme than gumbo, a simple expression of a single flavor — in this case, hyper-stylish, millennially repetitive New York rock a la the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Strokes — sieved to its very essence, concentrated and clear. At its best, as on A-side closer "Beastie Queen," the band approximates a satisfying hybrid of those decade-dominating groups, its tight guitar monologues and domino chord progressions setting the stage for Tessie Spoljaric-Woodgate, a Karen O-facing royal who tucks breathy consonants and British-inflected vowels into coolly delivered heat-seeking missiles. Intimate Stranger also performs at One Eyed Jacks for HAMP Fest on Saturday (10 p.m., tickets $15) and at Euclid Records on Sunday (5 p.m., free). Lovey Dovies, whose self-titled spring debut is holding strong as the top New Orleans rock record of 2010, opens at Marigny Theatre. Admission $8. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Nov. 10

Intimate Stranger with Lovey Dovies

10 p.m. Friday

AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778; www.marignytheatre.org

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