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In just a couple years Champaign's Headlights have evolved from low-key beginnings in a farmhouse-cum-home-studio to become an A-list orch-pop act. Last year Polyvinyl reissued the homemade The Enemies EP, four tuneful numbers that glided on Erin Fein's wistful vocals. (The German label Mi Amante released a 12-inch vinyl version earlier this year.) Headlights' debut full-length, the new Kill Them With Kindness (Polyvinyl), showcases increasingly confident writing and a flair for arranging: a passionate string section ebbs and flows through the stunning opening track, "Your Old Street." It's the album I'd hoped Metric would make when I heard they turned toward a more organic, elegiac sound. Nick Sanborn of tour- and labelmates Decibully will pitch in on accordion, glockenspiel, and melodica for this show. Decibully and the Living Blue open. Fri 8/25, 10 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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