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When: Sat., Nov. 23, 9 p.m. 2013

Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion’s sudden rise to fame gave them an extra charm, but it’s definitely worn off by now. As the core of Cults, the duo climbed the indie-pop ladder in a New York minute, using a modest three-song Bandcamp EP as a skeleton key to unlock a deal with Columbia Records and sets at every in-the-know music festival. That was 2010. In 2011, they released their self-titled debut, a cozily playful blend of dreamy pop and diet psych built around Follin’s twee vocals; the flawless single “Go Outside” proved to be a catalyst for even greater popularity. Cults’ recent follow-up, Static, sounds more adult than the self-titled album, with a little extra starch added to its collar. Follin remains the biggest draw, her echoing vocals melting atop Oblivion’s gently shifting guitar, keyboard, and string melodies. It’s a pretty predictable progression from record to record, but it makes for a pleasant listen—though the music feels a tad starved of the youthful spirit that made Cults so attractive in the first place. —Kevin Warwick Sacco and Mood Rings open.

Price: $21

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