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Varsity Theater

Maybe you missed Grand Archives' show-stealing set at the Entry in March. Forgivable. And maybe, while you dig Band of Horses plenty, you've never checked out the prior band from which it rose, Seattle's dour indie-darlings Carissa's Wierd. Fair enough. But you are in danger of utter failure if you, a fan of alt-country, dream-pop, and whatever other hyphenated genres have gotten their own Wikipedia entries this week, a lover of four-part harmonies and blissful sing-alongs, were to miss Grand Archives playing their first headlining show in the Twin Cities. Fronted by Mat Brooke, Grand Archives splits the difference between its singer's earlier projects. Their songs are full of lush instrumentation (pedal steel and horns are common), the aforementioned harmonies, intricate acoustic and electric guitar lines, and lyrics worth suspending your mid-show banter to pay attention. So this time, don't miss them. 18+. $12. 7 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. Desiree Weber

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