Spoon, Deerhunter

Hailing from Austin, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia, respectively, these two bands offer up what promises to be the best double bill to pass through the Cities so far this spring. Over the past 15 years, Spoon (pictured) have built an increasingly accomplished catalog of polished, tightly packed indie rock wound up in a minimalist pop exterior. The new album from these expert craftsmen in the recording studio, Transference, is a jerkier, looser affair than we've become accustomed to from Britt Daniels and his band. It's also irresistibly fresh and bracing, which promises to make for a raucous live show. Boasting a similarly sprung tension at the center of their music, Deerhunter drape layers of shoegazing sprawl over a pulsing garage-rock rhythm section. Combined with the surreal, often paranoid lyrics of Bradford Cox—the chronic blogger who also fronts Atlas Sound—the result is hypnotic, at times disconcerting, and always capable of producing fireworks. With Micachu and the Shapes. All ages
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 2. Continues through April 3, 2010

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