Future of the Left
The band formed from the ashes of McLusky may have ditched the awesomely hilarious album titles (McLusky Do Dallas, The Difference Between Me & You Is That I'm Not on Fire), but fortunately, it hasn't shed much else. Future of the Left retains McLusky's fist-pumping, post-hardcore, bizarre lyrics, as well as its reputation as a top-shelf live act. The band's latest, Travels with Myself and Another, improves on the careening debut, Curses, while adding more overtly melodic touches. The bouncy guitar hook that propels "The Hope That House Built" is strongly reminiscent of the Broadway-esque salvos on Against Me!'s New Wave—not all that surprising considering they toured with the band in 2008. Just don't expect the concessions to accessibility on Travels to be audible from the stage, where blunt force always—and rightly—wins out. 21+. (photo by Miss Lady Lee)
Wed., July 22, 8 p.m., 2009
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