In a less musically fragmented era, Aaron Bruno's face would be plastered on magazine covers everywhere. (Remember magazines?) As AWOLNATION, Bruno writes huge, Oxycontin-addictive hybrid-pop anthems that are all but stamped "designed for mass consumption." Clichés, ardor, and over-earnestness abound; there are blistering industrial-napalm sprees and sensitive acoustic interludes and hep beatsmithery and Gorrillaz imitations. That it's all totally convincing and heartfelt augurs well for this project's future, but there's something sad about a world in which Deadmau5 is feted to death and a shoot-for-the-moon debut like Megalithic Symphony barely rates a blink from the culture at large. With Middle Class Rut and Twin Atlantic. All ages.
Thu., Nov. 10, 5 p.m., 2011
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