School of Seven Bells

Animal nature and band iconography being what they are, some portion of School of Seven Bells' audience for this first headlining tour will wonder if former Secret Machines guitarist Benjamin Curtis and identical twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza (the singer-guitarist and singer-keyboardist from On!Air!Library!) wear clothing while living and making music together in their Brooklyn apartment—home base at least as of their 2008 debut, Alpinisms. But SVIIB are too big a deal to reduce to their chilly star power: Curtis's waves of electronically processed guitars—never audibly strummed, just volume-knobbed into overwhelming existence—were cited by the Edge as an influence on U2's No Line on the Horizon. The Dehezas are a new sound unto themselves with Curtis, never quite resembling the cosmos-pop-with-beats they're sometimes compared to (Medicine, Cocteau Twins, Air), but building a droning melodicism as sure and subtle as Yo La Tengo's. You might not even notice the dance-y bottom until you dream the songs back a year later. With the Depreciation Guild and Warpaint. 18+.
Tue., Oct. 13, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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