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Blink., Arms & Sleepers Free Soundboard

When: Thu., April 7, 9:30 p.m. 2011

Arms & Sleepers have flown under the radar in their hometown of Boston since forming in 2006. Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic, the group's core duo, make lush, ambient electronic soundscapes, and most folks in Beantown seem to be keeping an eye out for the next Pixies—it's almost bizarre how thoroughly guitar-based indie rock dominates the city's music scene. Arms & Sleepers are more about creating expansive moods than big singles; their warm, low-key songs balance languor and liveliness, combining buoyant hip-hop beats with soothing vocals (both from samples and from an array of guests). Onstage Arms & Sleepers synchronize their music moment by moment with a series of evocative but nonnarrative short films (hazy sepia-tone footage of a guy walking along the Charles River, shots of apparently abandoned carnival rides, et cetera). For this tour they've got a new addition to their live show—singer Ben Shepard of Brooklyn rock act Uzi & Ari—and Lewis will be staying home. They're playing in support of two 2011 releases: Nostalgia for the Absolute, whose minimalist instrumentals remind me of the score to The Social Network, and their forthcoming third album, The Organ Hearts (both on Expect Candy). —Leor Galil

Price: Free

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