When the debut album dropped, the list of people who saw longevity in Crystal Castles was short. The car-crash pileup of 8-bit synths, micro-edited drums, and punk vitriol was sharp enough to thrill, but it seemed destined for a mayfly's lifespan. Fast-forward a few years and the duo has rolled over to expose a dreamy side that no one thought existed. Bigger surprise: That side is gorgeous, a perfect foil for the band's brattier tendencies. Now there's a third album on the horizon that seems to braid both sides into something as ferocious as it is alluring, drawing you in with mystery and fog before the jaws snap shut. Evolution should always feel so dangerous. With Kontravoid. 18+. (Photo by Marc Pannozzo)
Thu., Nov. 1, 7 p.m., 2012
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