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Junip at Republic

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Those who know Jose Gonzalez only as a solo artist will peg Junip as his side project, but if anything it's an origin story. The Gothenburg, Sweden, trio dates back more than a decade, years before Gonzalez introduced himself with a hermetic, frostbitten cover of countrymen the Knife's 2003 bonfire "Heartbeats," and its attendant LP Veneer, literally and figuratively one of the quietest million-selling albums ever. He's no more effusive with Junip — even his nylon-stringed classical guitar seems to whisper — but this revisited genesis is warmer, earthier and spacier, rooted in soil instead of ice due to frictional drums from childhood pal Elias Araya and a contradictory array of wormy organs and beamed-down analog keyboards by mutual friend Tobias Winterkorn. Fields (Mute), their long-awaited 2010 debut, amounts to a tasteful remixing of the transposed tropicalia on Veneer and 2007's In Our Nature. "Always" wears a tailored fit of Gonzalez's muted, matte-finished Northern Hemisphere bossa nova, a cryogenic Sea and Cake; "Off Point" is his unplugged take on a fantastic unrecorded rocker. The Acrylics open. Tickets $13 in advance, $15 at the door, $18 VIP (includes DJ set afterward). — Noah Bonaparte Pais

May 12

Junip

9 p.m. Thursday

Republic, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282; www.republicnola.com

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