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Crystal Stilts All Ages Free

When: Sat., May 21, 1:30 p.m. 2011

Were there an organization called the National Association of Reverb Effects Manufacturers, it would probably award some sort of plaque to Brooklyn's Crystal Stilts in recognition of their work on behalf of reverb effects units. The band has released a string of records—most notably 2008's Pitchfork-approved debut long-player, Alight of Night—that's helped inspire an entire generation of young garage-pop bands to drench their recordings in so much echo that their tunes nearly get lost in it, and there's no way that hasn't boosted the sales of effects pedals. The group's recent In Love With Oblivion (Slumberland) is as cavernous as their past efforts, and the songs' hooks—specifically on "Shake the Shackles" and "Half a Moon," which find the sweet spot between their twee-pop progressions and Brad Hargett's gothy, near-monotone vocals—are strong enough that the production can't wash them out. —Miles Raymer

Price: $12

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