Over the past five years, Bradford Cox has laid claim to one of the most prolific and evolution-prone voices in all of indie rock. The Atlantan with a malleable, high tenor range is slightly better known for his full-band, psych-rock project Deerhunter. Initially, there were jagged guitar stabs as the foundation, but recent songs like the fizzy, synth sweetness of 2010's Halcyon Digest single "Helicoptor" aren't markedly different from his "solo" act, Atlas Sound. Because his lustrous voice is so specific to him, Cox's sound collages and inventive melodies stray from sounding like his own only when he gets a big-time collaborator like Panda Bear, Stereolab siren Laetitia Sadier, or MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden to sit in. The final example appears on last year's Atlas Sound album, Parallax, via "Mona Lisa." Surely no one thought this pairing would result in a bold stride into twangy, Americana-style songwriting, but it did. Cox devotees are safe to predict intriguing results, but little else is certain. With Carnivores and Frankie Broyles.
Fri., March 2, 7 p.m., 2012
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