Shout Out Louds

Swedish rock 'n' roll ambassadors Shout Out Louds sound like a band in transition on their first album in three years, Optica. No longer the spiky-guitar-loving post-punk kids they were a decade ago when their debut album, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, was first released in their homeland, the quintet have since largely abandoned '90s American indie-rock nostalgia in favor of a cleaner dance-oriented sound. In fact, "Walking in Your Footsteps," the slinky second single from Optica, boasts such a sugary bounce and gentle yet undeniable groove as to be downright ABBA-esque. The move toward a more synth-driven rhythmic sound serves to make the moments when the guitars come out hit that much harder. With Haerts. 18+. (Photo by Frode & Marcus)
Fri., May 17, 8 p.m., 2013

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