Originally an inspired collision of African rhythms and psych-pop melodies, the Ruby Suns have since morphed into a decidedly less world-music minded outfit — unless you define the world as a European discotheque circa 1985. Sole band mainstay Ryan McPhun leaned on "it" indie producer of the moment Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, Beach House, etc.) to similarly super-size and specify his sound on new album Christopher. In its best moments, like toast-to-Robyn album opener "Desert of Pop," the result is an irresistible sugar rush of synthetic sounds that would have dominated Reagan-era New Wave radio shows. With Painted Palms. 18+. (Photo by Frode & Marcus)
Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., 2013
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