Alt-J

No one agrees about Alt-J. The U.K. foursome's Mercury Prize-winning debut album feels cobbled together from a short list of recent indie-rock success stories, and they're not embarrassed about admitting where each little piece was cribbed from. It's scuffed in all the right places ("Fitzpleasure"), politely twinkling in others ("Ms"), with the split opinions on the band stemming from a question of whether the calculated approach mars some excellent results. For those who want to see an act's guts laid bare onstage, Alt-J may come off as overcooked, but there's plenty of thoughtful, modern-sounding material for listeners who like their bands to arrive on the scene fully formed. It's still not clear if they're hounds of the zeitgeist or a band with a beautifully intricate master plan, but two sold-out shows might end up tipping their hand. With Lord Huron. 18+.
Saturdays, Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Sept. 8, 2013

 
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