When: Fri., March 30, 10 p.m. 2012
Chairlift used to be just another 80s-nostalgic synth-pop band from Brooklyn, with only the exceptional voice of front woman Caroline Polachek to keep them from getting lost in the crowd. So it was a pleasant surprise that their late-January release, Something (Columbia), was the first great album of the year. The group—these days a duo of Polachek and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wimberly—still has its heart stuck on 80s synth tunes, but not only have both members become far more compelling as musicians, they've also developed the confidence to indulge Polachek's broad streak of artsy, Kate Bush-like weirdness. At the same time, the album's plentiful hooks and glossy coating of radio-ready production suggest that Chairlift is aiming for an audience outside indie rock. And if mainstream listeners ever get exposed to "Take It Out on Me"—currently the most-played song in my iTunes for 2012—the band stands a good chance of finding it. —Miles Raymer Nite Jewel and Moon Furies open.