Local reviewers have described Dallas Orbiter as a psychedelic, spaced-out group of retrogazers. And while there is certainly some degree of substance to those labels, the quintet can't be defined by hippie banter alone. There's a wealth of tracks from this year's Motorcycle Diagrams that condense those comparative labels and overshadow them with ingenuity. Throughout the band's album is a balance of old and new; pulsing keyboards offset gripping guitars, colliding with tasteful pop arrangements. All of which will be on display when the band hits up the Hexagon Bar Thursday night, playing with local instrumental band Build My Gallows High and Dante & the Lobster. 21+.
Thu., Dec. 4, 9 p.m., 2008
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