When: Sun., Sept. 25, 9 p.m. 2011
The smart money was on the Horrors being a flash in the pan when they first hit it big in 2007. Not only did their trend-setting garage-goth feel like it had a built-in expiration date, but the British music press was going batshit crazy over them—usually a sure sign that a band is doomed. The key to the Horrors' sustained existence is their fascinating insistence on becoming an entirely different act with each new album. They followed up the Cramps-meets-the-Cure death-pop of their debut, Strange House, with 2009's Primary Colours, where they reinvented themselves as a bunch of Eno-worshipping neo-Krautrockers. On the new Skying (XL) they take some of the techniques for creating intriguing atmospheres they picked up making Primary Colours and apply them to a batch of songs that are significantly tighter, poppier, and more indebted to a selection of vintage UK alternative-rock acts ranging from Happy Mondays to My Bloody Valentine to Teenage Fanclub. It's the last place you'd expect the Horrors to go, which is half of what makes the album such a success. —Miles Raymer Stepkids open.
Price: $18, $15 in advance