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Ought's articulate post-punk frontman Tim Beeler is no one's idea of a great singer. Yet the New Hampshire-raised babyface has a little Lou Reed in him, and a little Ian Curtis. Luckily, Beeler's every theatrical shiver, groan, yelp, howl, and gasp seems plotted to mask his inability (or unwillingness) to hold a note. In turn, Ought's lockstep musicianship alone is a sign of their rapport; the four members, all students at Montreal's McGill University at the time but none of them Canadian-born, formed in the midst of protests against rising tuition in Quebec. Beeler's sense of humor, then, is collegiate, but it's also cerebral without being highbrow. The trembling single "Habit" off April's More Than Any Other Day particularly succeeds this way. With Dub Thompson and Danger Ron & the Spins. 18+.