For going on 18 years now, Tim Kasher has carved a small but fervent cult following pairing lacerating lyrics with barbed-wire riffs as the frontman for Omaha-birthed post-punks Cursive. During that time there have been highs (2000's withering divorce document Domestica) and lows (2006's bloated and unwisely brass-laden Happy Hollow). File their latest, I Am Gemini, squarely in the middle of the pack. It's a bizarre concept album about separated-at-birth twins Cassius and Pollock, with lyrics that are pretty much nonsense, which is a shame considering how great a wordsmith Kasher can be when he's trying (see his stellar 2010 solo album The Game of Monogamy). Luckily the band makes up for it by coming through with a clutch of enjoyably fidgety tunes featuring plenty of razor-blade riffs and propulsive rhythms. Kasher may be barking random imagery these days, but his scorched-earth tenor makes clear that it still means something to him. With Cymbals Eat Guitars, Conduits. 18+. (Photo by Daniel Muller)
Fri., March 23, 8 p.m., 2012
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