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Neon Indian with Com Truise at One Eyed Jacks


Kevin Barnes went batty during a winter sequestered in Scandinavia, but he came back with the most brutally honest and intricately inspired pop record of 2007, Of Montreal's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Alan Palomo did the same this year and came back with Era Extrana (Mom + Pop), on which the New Yorker introduces a more mature, if less revolutionary, Neon Indian. That the September release neither hisses (aside from mixer Dave Fridmann's exfoliating finish) nor destroys is no indictment of Palomo, a 23-year-old electronics whiz and bedroom-recording artist whose October 2009 debut Psychic Chasms — a mumbled recitation of half-remembered summertime highs made wavier through heat mirage — may have put him on the trail of something more tangible. (It also, by way of woozy single "Terminally Chill," fomented the ignoble use of "glo-fi" and "chillwave" to describe his and others' brand of laid-back, home-cooked electropop, two genre mongrels capable of driving any self-respecting artist off the continent in pursuit of reinvention.) On "Hex Girlfriend" and "Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow)," he strikes the perfect balance of ambition and nostalgia, swallowing his breathy, attractive melodies in a swarm of always-active analog synths and oscillating Doctor Who sound waves. Com Truise, aka New Jersey keyboard pornographer Seth Haley, opens. Tickets $14. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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