If it seems like Louis XIV were just here, it's because they were. They played a sold-out crowd at the Fine Line, with the Editors and Hot Hot Heat also on the bill. This go-around they headline at the Varsity. The San Diego band has an international, Euro-trash feel, from their name to their obvious influences of '70s Brit rockers like Davie Bowie and Queen. If you enjoyed their previous three albums, their latest, Slick Dogs and Ponies, shouldn't disappoint; it continues their unabashedly catchy guitar licks as frontman Jason Hill's horny voice becomes more manic and panicky with every drum beat. Their lyrics can be a tad cruel. For example, Hill casually quips on "There's a Traitor in the Room": "I can be so sweet to you, until I find the right excuse," so just roll your eyes and enjoy the sound. This is a one-night stand, after all. With What Made Milwaukee Famous. 18+.
Sun., March 23, 7 p.m., 2008
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