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Lotus Plaza at One Eyed Jacks

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  If a Deerhunter offshoot drops and no one hears it, does it make a sound? Such was the quandary of Lotus Plaza's 2009 debut The Floodlight Collective, a largely unnoticed psych/rock redwood felled by Lockett Pundt, the other singer/songwriter in Atlanta's foremost indie band. Typecast as the guitarist with mystique behind commanding frontman Bradford Cox, Pundt owns two of the best moments on each of Deerhunter's two best albums, Microcastle and Halcyon Digest: the fearlessly spacious "Agoraphobia" and the hypnotic pop of "Neither of Us, Uncertainly"; the Strokes-on-meds "Desire Lines" and the peachy fuzz of "Fountain Stairs." With the new Spooky Action at a Distance, Pundt gets his second chance at a first impression, and whether through Deerhunter's heightened profile or a more direct approach to songwriting (most likely both), this time his audience has found him. The cloud-breaking peaks of "Out of Touch" trace the alps of Cox's own Atlas Sound offshoot, while the overpowering centerpiece "Monoliths" melts all defenses in a warm churn of shoegaze guitars, quadrupled vocals and gladiatorial drums, its towering refrain — "One of these days, I'll come around" — an oblique dare to ignore it. Mirror Mode and Frankie Broyles (from Balkans) open. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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