The transformation of Los Campesinos! from a sprightly indie-pop group into something far more wicked and weird has been a gradual one, but thankfully the band haven't lost their penchant for writing catchy, clever songs. The prodigious, Cardiff-based band is touring in support of an excellent new album, Hello Sadness. As the title indicates, these new songs are darker and more introspective than the group's exuberant earlier work. But the band's consistently dynamic live show should give these somewhat despondent new tracks a vibrant buoyancy. Los Campesinos! have amassed quite an impressive back catalog in a short amount of time, and should draw on a full complement of songs both new and old. 18+
Sun., Jan. 29, 7 p.m., 2012
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