We know that idle hands are the devil's playthings, but since when did being Satan's toy involve making wry, catchy pop music? (The devil works in mysterious ways.) Regardless, the Minneapolis band the Idle Hands channel their muse by splicing angular new wave and jangly Britpop, twisting in bits of Wire and Bowie for a sound that's both immediate and timeless. Having kicked around the Cities for 10-plus years in previous bands and iterations of the Idle Hands, head Hand Ciaran Daly wins with the current boy/girl/boy/girl/boy lineup—the writing is smart, the production is flawless, and the song "Loaded" is all over the Current. Whether complaining about being sick of it all or quipping, "I stopped keeping track of my lost passion...back when I still cared," ennui has seldom sounded so sweet.
Fri., Dec. 9, 9 p.m., 2011