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Entrance Band, Lights, White Mystery Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Thu., Feb. 4, 9:30 p.m. 2010

This peculiar Brooklyn band's second full-length, Rites (Drag City), combines throbbing disco, warbling folk, chill psychedelia, and Laura Nyro-style pop (thankfully not all in the same track), an unwieldy hodgepodge that hangs together largely on the strength of the beautiful but sturdy harmony singing of guitarist Sophia Knapp and drummer Linnea Vedder. Most of the songs twist through multiple moods—sashaying funk, angelic frenzy, incense-scented torpor—and the transitions between them are often breathtaking, like the way the ethereal glow of "Heavy Drops" explodes into a kaleidoscopic cascade of crashing cymbals and wah-wah guitar that's topped with a killer vocal hook. Bassist Andy MacLeod breaks the spell when he takes the mike on the album's final track, a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Save Me a Place," but only because his perfectly respectable singing can't touch the pure pleasure of the women's tandem vocals. MacLeod isn't with the band on this tour, and neither is the member called Wizard Smoke who's credited with visuals and lighting in the liner notes to Rites; Lights will be a trio, with Alana Amram of the Rough Gems on bass. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10, $5 (limited)

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