Django Django / Night Moves

If the members of the London art-rock band Django Django love legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt so much they invoked his name twice for their own moniker, there's little evidence of it on the group's eponymous debut album. But it's sufficiently laced with enough other intriguing stuff to justify the moderate buzz Django Django has generated on both sides of the Atlantic, along the way drawing persistent comparisons to the Beta Band, whose John Maclean is DD drummer David Maclean's brother. Anyway, D-squared fashion a sumptuous eclectic sound characterized by constantly shifting rhythm textures; virulent doses of psychedelia, folk, and pop; eccentric vocal harmonies; and all manner of judicious electronics, from space-age blips to funk. On the album, the quartet dabbles with surf guitar, boogie, noirish rockabilly, folk-rock, new wave, even Arabic motifs; at its best it's infectious, playful, and inventive enough to convincingly flirt with avant-garde. Minneapolis's own Night Moves will open, showcasing the group's diverse, layered mix of vintage progressive rock, country rock, pop, spacey electronics, and John Pelant's soaring voice, all documented last fall on their debut album, Colored Emotions. 18+.
Sat., March 16, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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