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Controller.Controller's History EP, released last year, stays mostly on the darkly melodic side of that dancey postpunk that's sweepin' the nation. Their forthcoming full-length, X-Amounts (Paper Bag), doesn't cover much new ground either, but sometimes an album where every song sounds exactly the same transcends monotony and capitalizes on its consistency of mood, and this is one of those times. Like their Toronto cohorts Metric, Controller.Controller are concerned with expressing a certain cool malaise, and the two bands share similar angular guitar lines and aerodynamic drum rhythms, but dopey lyrics like "Come on, baby, answer / Every question is a cancer" (from "Rooms") make singer Nirmala Basnayake come off like the type of solipsistic cosmopolitan Metric's Emily Haines likes to make fun of. A few tracks really click though, like "PF" and "The Raw No"--your below-the-belt regions feel it regardless of what your jaded top half thinks. Archaeology headlines, Mt. St. Helens plays second, and Controller.Controller opens. Sat 1/7, 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $8.

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