Yuki Chikudate and James Hanna, the duo at the heart of New York's Asobi Seksu, are dreamweavers alternately drifting through murky fathoms, skipping across sparkling whitecaps, or careening through a riptide of roiling fury. Their densely textured songs, often exploiting the precipitous juxtaposition of tumultuous instrumentation and Chikudate's soaring vocals, cooled from an earlier fiery intensity to the icy synths of Hush and Rewolf's gentler, acoustic orientation. On the new Fluorescence, however, the band (including drummer Larry Gorman and bassist Billy Pavone) are entirely comfortable running the table from the charging, Cure-like rock of "Sigh" to gossamer ballads like "Oceans" and bristly, wall-of-sound maelstroms like "Trails," with perfect pop hooks courtesy Chikudate's vocals. Opening will be Brahms, a Brooklyn trio featuring drummer/multi-instrumentalist Cale Parks, whose so far limited output focuses on jaggedly geometrical, particularly frosty electronica. 18+.
Tue., March 1, 8 p.m., 2011